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Aviva Slesin

Part-time Faculty

Aviva Slesin is an Academy Award-winning documentary producer and director. Her feature-length documentaries include: The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table, which won the Oscar for best documentary; Voices in Celebration, which commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, Directed by William Wyler; a biography of the Hollywood director, Hot on the Trail: Sex Love and Romance in the Old West; and Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During World War II, which The New York Times named as of the ten best documentaries of 2003. She has also made short films for Saturday Night Live, Children’s Television Workshop and HA! Her films have been screened in film festivals worldwide, including a showcase of her work at Sundance, The Long and Short of It.   Since 2007, Slesin has taught in Open Arts as a full-time faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her courses include: Civil Rights Through the Documentary Lens, Human Rights Through the Documentary Lens, Contemporary Art Through the Documentary Lens, New York Through the Documentary Lens, The Art and Technique of the Documentary, Essentials of Documentary Preproduction, and Master Class in Documentary. In 2015, she received NYU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, which is presented to a member of the faculty who exemplifies the spirit of Dr. King through “teaching excellence, leadership, social justice activism and community building.” In addition to her formal teaching responsibilities, since January 2016, Slesin has been curating and leading monthly discussions for a documentary series at the Cosmopolitan Club.   Slesin is a member of both the Directors Guild of America and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  

Teaching and Research Interests

human rights, civil rights, contemporary art, New York City, social justice and the Holocaust: documentary interviewing and editing techniques

Aviva Slesin