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Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award

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The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award recognizes documentary filmmakers who embody the spirit, energy, and innovation demonstrated by anthropologist Margaret Mead in her research, fieldwork, films, and writings. The award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary displays artistic excellence and originality of storytelling technique while offering a new perspective on a culture or community remote from the majority of our audiences’ experience. Filmmakers with works making their U.S. premieres at the festival are eligible.


The contenders for this year’s Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award are:

The 2014 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Jury


Tabitha Jackson is the Director of the Documentary Film Program at the Sundance Institute. Jackson has also served as Commissioning Editor for Arts, at the UK’s Channel 4 Television and made films in both the UK and US about identity, history, and social justice.

Sadia Shepard

Sadia Shepard is a filmmaker and author whose documentary The Other Half of Tomorrow had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival. Shepard’s first book, The Girl From Foreign, was published by The Penguin Press in 2008.


Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor of film production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His films have received several awards, including the Peabody Award for Two Towns of Jasper (2004) and an Honorable Mention: Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights for The Undocumented (2013).


John L. Jackson, Jr., is Richard Perry University Professor and Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Jackson is an accomplished author, anthropologist, and filmmaker who has produced several documentaries and fiction films.


The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award winner(s) will be announced in an awards ceremony on Saturday night.  The winning film will be shown in an encore presentation on Sunday evening.