Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa Biography

Rob Fruchtman is an award-winning documentary director, producer, and editor. He won the Documentary Director award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for his feature film, SISTER HELEN (co-directed with Rebecca Cammisa), which aired on HBO in 2003, and has won three Emmys for his work with PBS. His last film “Trust Me,” a documentary for Showtime, features Christian, Jewish, and Islamic boys at an interfaith camp in North Carolina. He is currently completing “Samurai Sportsman,” a 13-part series for the Outdoor Life Network, premiering in 2004. Fruchtman has circled the globe to make compelling documentaries, such as “In Search of China,” “Kronos,” “The Body Adorned,” and “On the Edge of Being” for PBS; “The Last of the Incas” for Showtime, and “Ancient Splendors” for Disney Channel/Discovery World. He executive produced “Nature’s Great Events,” “Incredible Journeys Around the World,” and films on Australia and China for Reader’s Digest’s Global Television and Video division. He has also made many programs featuring the arts, including “Dance New York” (WNET), “Iso Dance Theater” (PBS), “Kronos: Music of our Time” (PBS), and “The Creation of Omo” (PBS). Fruchtman began his career as a supervising dialogue and sound editor on many feature films, including “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” “Quiz Show,” “Blue Velvet,” “Backdraft,” “Willow,” and many others, working closely with directors such as Robert Redford, Ron Howard, Philip Kaufman, and David Lynch. Rebecca came to film and television after twelve years as a documentary photographer. In 1998, Rebecca co-directed, co-produced, and shot the feature documentary film: “Sister Helen,” which aired on HBO’s Cinemax, and was nominated for a 2004 News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming. Rebecca, along with Rob Fruchtman, won: the Sundance Film Festival’s 2002 Documentary Directing Award, the Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary Film at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film at the Newport Film Festival,the Best Documentary Film Award at the Nashville Film Festival, a Grand Marnier Foundation Film Grant, and a New York State Council on the Arts Media Fellowship. In 2003, Ms. Cammisa was also nominated for a Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award by the International Documentary Association, and also nominated for an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film Award by the Directors Guild of America. Rebecca went to work on two of Nanette Burstein’s films: (as a co-director and co-shooter on “Film School,” a ten-part documentary series for the Independent Film Channel; (as a field producer and additional shooter on) “American Teen,” a documentary film for A&E Films. Rebecca also shot for the History Channel’s “Act of Honor,” a documentary about fallen U.S. Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta. In 2003, Ms. Cammisa founded Documentress Films, and received development support from HBO, the Sundance Documentary Fund and the Wellspring Foundation for her next film, “Which Way Home,” a feature documentary that documents unaccompanied child migrants, as they journey through Mexico, with the goal of reaching the United States. Rebecca was awarded a 2006 Fulbright Fellowship to Mexico, an NYU/Blaufarb Documentary Film Award, a Fulbright New Leaders’ Group Award for Mutual Understanding, and also won her second New York Foundation for the Arts Video Fellowship for “Which Way Home.” “Which Way Home” will air on HBO in 2009.

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