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Member Profile: Cynthia Wade

Cynthia Wade is an award-winning New York City-based documentary filmmaker.

Her latest work, the short documentary Freeheld (www.freeheld.com), won a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of a dying policewoman’s fight to leave her pension benefits to her female life partner.

Wade’s award-winning HBO documentary, Shelter Dogs, about life and death decisions made in an upstate New York animal shelter, was broadcast in seven countries. She also directed the Cinemax Reel Life Documentary, Grist for the Mill (1999), an unsentimental look at her family. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “a delight…full of quirky moments and clever humor.” Variety called it “a jewel, extremely comical.”

She was producer and principal verité cinematographer for the PBS documentary, Taken in: The Lives of America’s Foster Children (1998). The film received a Columbia-DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Wade has worked as cameraperson for PBS, HBO/Cinemax, Bravo, AMC, MTV, A&E, Discovery, TNT, Oxygen, LOGO and The History Channel. She graduated cum laude from Smith College and holds an MA in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.

She runs a Brooklyn-based video production company, Cynthia Wade Productions, Inc., and teaches advanced digital cinematography at the New School.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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