Filmmaker Bios

Susannah Ludwig and Rebecca Dreyfus
Susannah Ludwig and Rebecca Dreyfus

Rebecca Dreyfus

Rebecca Dreyfus is an award-winning independent filmmaker. Legendary film critic Stanley Kauffman has called her work, "a testament to what film can do in the hands of a good documentarian: turn fact into truth."

Dreyfus’s full-length film STOLEN has garnered an audience award as well as prizes for best documentary and best musical score. Her first award-winning feature film titled Bye-Bye Babushka opened to critical acclaim in New York and Los Angeles and has been shown on television in more than 25 countries including PBS affiliates in the United States. Her two short films The Waiting and Roadblock have also earned prizes around the world as well as national and international television broadcasts.

Dreyfus resides in New York and holds a BFA in film from SUNY Purchase. She has received numerous fellowships and grants for her work from institutions including the Sundance Film Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Jerome Foundation, the Roy W. Dean Foundation and Women in Film. She is currently at work on a romantic comedy.

Susannah Ludwig

The Sundance Institute, recognizing her as a “visionary independent producer,” named Susannah Ludwig the 2003 Mark Silverman Fellow. She is the co-founder of Persistence of Vision Films/Flourish Films, a New York-based production company.

Ludwig’s latest film, STOLEN, won the audience award at the 2005 Sarasota Film Festival and the best documentary award at the New York Avignon Film Festival.

Ludwig has been a major force in the realization of numerous critically acclaimed films including Our Song, directed by Jim McKay, The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack, Spring Forward starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber and La Ciudad, recipient of the Open Palm Award at the Gotham Award and Best Picture at the Havana Film Festival. She was an associate producer on Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music.

Ludwig has also produced numerous short subject films such as Shadowboxer, directed by Vilka Tzouras, The Hat, directed by Julia Jordan and Terry Stacey and Weekend Getaway, directed by Elizabeth Holder. Additionally, Ludwig has produced six behind-the-scenes documentaries for American Movie Classics and the Independent Film Channel including The Making of Camp, which aired on IFC in 2003.

In addition to her feature and television work, Ludwig often acts as producer on corporate videos and commercials, including clients such as AVON, Calvin Klein, House and Garden magazine and the New York Design Center. She is on the adjunct faculty at Long Island University where she teaches documentary film production.

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