NEH Documentary Film Competition: Announcing our Panel of Filmmaker Judges!

Hey High School Filmmakers!

Have you entered our National Endowment for the Humanities Documentary Film Competition yet? Well…we’re bringing in 4 amazing filmmakers to judge the submitted short documentaries! Each film will have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from the judges. Learn more about each of them below!


Sarah Colt is an independent documentary filmmaker who has been working in public television for nearly two decades. Most recently, she directed and produced Walt Disney, a four-hour biography, which aired in September 2015 on PBS’s national history series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Prior to Walt Disney, she wrote, directed, and produced Henry Ford for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and A Nation Reborn and A New Light for FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s special series God in America. In 2009 two of her films aired on PBS: The Polio Crusade, a one-hour program about the development of the polio vaccine for PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Geronimo, also aired in 2009 as part of PBS’s special series on Native American history, We Shall Remain.
Miguel “M.i.G.” Martinez moved to the U.S. from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato at the age of ten. After graduating from high school in Charlottesville he began his career by hosting and producing the first Spanish/English bilingual radio show in Central Virginia. In 2008, Miguel began production of his first feature film, “Farewell Ferris Wheel”. “Farewell Ferris Wheel” explores how the U.S. Carnival industry fights to keep itself alive by bringing in Mexican workers with a controversial work visa. Two years later, the film won the TAA Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute and was selected for the Film Independent Documentary Lab and Firelight Media Producers’ Lab in 2014. “Farewell Ferris Wheel” has also received funding from ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting and the Tribeca Film Institute. Miguel is currently collaborating with the Grammy Award winning group Ozomatli on a series of music videos, as well as continuing to pursue his passion for photography.

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Lydia Moyer is an associate professor of art at the University of Virginia. She received a BFA in studio practice from the New York State School of Art and Design at Alfred and an MFA in studio practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs the new media program in the Art Department at UVA. Her video and photo-based work draws from documentary, studio art, and poetry.
Paul Wagner is an Academy Award winning film writer, producer and director known for his successful collaborations with scholars, educators, artists and activists. Wagner’s films have won many honors including film festival screenings at Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam and Tokyo, several Emmy Awards and the Academy Award. His films have received numerous grants from the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. Before starting his career in film, Paul Wagner worked as a country music singer in Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for an announcement of prizes for the winning films!

Submit your film here!

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