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Cheryl Furjanic

Part-time Faculty
cheryl.furjanic@nyu.edu
(212) 99E-mail
25 Wave, Room 612A

BFA, Film and Television Production, New York University, 1998
MPS, Interactive Telecommunications, New York University, 2009

Cheryl Furjanic is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose documentary and fiction films have screened at 150+ festivals worldwide and on television. Her most recent film is The New York Times Op-Doc Stonewall: The Making of a Monument (2019). Her 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 selected for the American Film Showcase, a program of the U.S. 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. It went on to screen at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and other festivals and received numerous awards including a Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Her early short films include A Good Uplift (2003) a documentary about a Lower East Side corset shop and the LGBT film festival hit Bar Talk (2002) a comedy fiction film about women in bars who are too cool to talk to each other. Though she has worked in many different filmmaking genres, there is a through-line in all of her work of heart, humor, and hope in the face of uncertainty. Furjanic has been teaching documentary production at New York University in the Culture & Media Program for two decades.  

Teaching and Research Interests

documentary filmmaking; television; film; fandom; queer storytelling; pregnancy loss; motherhood

Cheryl Furjanic