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Cheryl Furjanic is an award-winning filmmaker whose documentary and fiction films have screened at 150+ festivals worldwide and on television. Her most recent feature documentary, Back on Board: Greg Louganis was broadcast on HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award and Producers Guild of America award in 2016. The film also gained critical and audience acclaim on the film festival circuit, screening at over 40 festivals worldwide and picking up eight awards. Back on Board was also selected for the American Film Showcase, a program of the US State Department that brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries around the world offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. In 2014 she was named to the OUT100—Out Magazine’s list of the most compelling LGBT people of the year. Her feature documentary, Sync or Swim (2008), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and received numerous awards including a Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. She has done freelance writing and consulting for NBC Universal and other media companies. Furjanic consults regularly for filmmakers and independent artists on crowdfunding and social media campaigns. She is currently an LGBT contributing editor for the Comcast/Xfinity LGBT blog, writing about LGBT movies and television shows. Furjanic has been teaching documentary production at New York University in the Culture & Media Program for over 15 years.
Teaching and Research Interests
documentary film; fandom; television; audiences; LGBT history; pop culture
BFA, New York University, 1998 MPS, New York University, 2009