Anne Makepeace

Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of socially conscious, award-winning independent films for more three decades. Her most recent documentary, We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân, about the return of a long silent Native American language, had its broadcast premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens in November 2011, and was part of the 2012 American Film Showcase, screening in many countries around the world, with Anne accompanying the film to Bosnia and Brazil. Over the years,We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân, has won many awards, including the Full Frame Inspiration Award and the Moving Mountains Award at Telluride MountainFilm. The film was funded by ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the LEF Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other recent films by Anne Makepeace include: I. M. PEI: Building China Modern (PBS broadcast on American Masters in 2010), about world-renowned Chinese architect I.M. Pei returning to his hometown of Suzhou, China, to design and build an art museum there, and her Emmy nominated feature documentary Rain in a Dry Land, which chronicles the journey and resettlement of two Somali Bantu refugee families from Africa through their first two years in America. Makepeace won a National Prime Time Emmy for her American Masters/PBS documentary Robert Capa in Love and War, which premiered at Sundance in 2003. Coming to Light, her documentary about Edward S. Curtis, also premiered at Sundance, was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2000, and broadcast on American Masters, Arte,and many other international stations. Her first documentary, Baby It’s You, premiered at Sundance, was broadcast as the lead show on P.O.V. in 1998 and on Channel 4 True Stories in the UK, and screened at the Whitney Biennial 2000. Anne is now in the midst of producing and directing two documentaries: Tribal Justice, about two Native American women judges and their efforts to bring traditional restorative justice back to their communities; and A Necessary Madness, The Art of Wangechi Mutu.

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