Meet the Filmmakers

February 13, 2018

Lisa Ades, Producer/Director

Lisa Ades
Lisa Ades

Lisa Ades is a documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for PBS and cable television for more than 25 years. Her acclaimed film, Miss America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its broadcast on the PBS series American Experience in 2002. Previously, she produced award-winning films with Ric Burns, including New York, a ten-hour series (PBS, 1999, Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award), The Way West (PBS, 1995), and The Donner Party (PBS, 1992). Prior to that, she was a producer at WNET/Thirteen on The 11th Hour and Metroline. Documentaries for cable television include Beauty in a Jar (A&E, 2003), In the Company of Women (IFC, 2004), and Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (IFC, 2006).

Maia Harris, Writer

Maia Harris has written and produced documentaries for PBS for many years and has received two Emmy awards. Her previous work includes The Italian Americans (PBS, 2013), No Job for a Woman (PBS World, 2010) and Banished (PBS, 2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Other credits include The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo (PBS, 2005); Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (AMC, 2001); Storyville: The Naked Dance (PBS, 1998) and Listening to Children: A Moral Journey with Robert Coles (PBS, 1995).

Amanda Bonavita, Producer

Amanda Bonavita
Amanda Bonavita

Amanda Bonavita has worked in commercial television, and documentary and narrative film for the past fifteen years. Her previous documentary work includes 40th Anniversary of Stonewall (PBS, 2009) and Waiting for Hockney (Tribeca Film Festival, 2008).

George O’Donnell, Editor

George O’Donnell has edited numerous documentary films, including many for PBS broadcast: Jackie Robinson: Part Two (PBS, 2016), The Italian Americans (PBS, 2015), The Jewish Americans: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times (PBS, 2008), Reporting America at War (PBS, 2003) and several American Experience films, including Edison (2015), 1964 (2014), Clinton (2012), Panama Canal (2011), and Kinsey (2005).

Additional Information

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