Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Deanna Kamiel

    Dir of Graduate Certificate in Doc Studies Prog & Asst Prof of Media Studies

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Deanna Kamiel is a Canadian-born director, writer and producer with extensive experience as a teacher of documentary and film.  She has been a member of The School of Media Studies’ full-time faculty since 2010.  Previously, she was an assistant professor in the conservatory BFA Film Program at Purchase College, State University of New York.  Kamiel began her career in documentary at the CBC in Toronto, where, part of a new generation of filmmakers investigating issues of race, sex, and class, she co-produced the series Women Now and co-authored The Lace Ghetto: A Book of the Women's Movement. She later joined the PBS affiliate in St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN, where she headed the documentary unit, before working as a contract independent producer at Channel Thirteen/WNET on the Emmy-winning program City Arts. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is currently developing a documentary titled Newsstand, on the cultural role of the open-air talismanic kiosk newsstand in the digital age.  Her work—including Nuclear Outpost, Boys with Bats, Godard, Milgrom's Obsession and Maggie and the Men of Minnesota—has won awards from the Tokyo Video Festival (first prize), Chicago Film Festival, International Public Television Screening Festival, and Northwest Broadcast News Association; and has been featured at the National Film Board of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Flaherty Film Seminar.  Her documentary film Nuclear Outpost is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art and recently she produced the indie documentary, Lessons from an American Primary, about the 2004 presidential primary run of Howard Dean. She is the author of "I Believe My Eyes: The Transformative Cinema of Hanif Kureishi", in the anthology Hanif Kureishi, part of the Contemporary Critical Perspectives Series published by Bloomsbury, 2015.  Currently, she serves as the director of the Documentary Media Studies program at The New School, where she also programs and hosts the Doc Talks series of guest filmmakers and the documentary film festival Truth Be Told.