Sarah received her B.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Political Economy from Stanford University. Before she became a filmmaker, Sarah served for six years as the New York City Comptroller’s Senior Advisor for Education after working on public education policy for the 1992 Clinton/Gore presidential campaign. Prior to that time, she worked for The New York Times in Rio researching a story on the sex industry; was a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lectured on fifteenth century Flemish painting; worked as a product testing guinea pig for Procter & Gamble in Paris; and cared for patients in Mother Theresa’s hospitals in Calcutta. Sarah is currently teaching filmmaking at Hunter College and advising graduating seniors majoring in film studies at the New School.
Sarah’s short films as writer/director/producer have won prizes in the U.K. and Belgium. She field produced the New York City segment of “The College Track,” a documentary about access to college for low-income students that aired nationwide in 2005 on PBS. Since then, Sarah has made three documentaries for Project Renewal, NYC’s largest non-profit providing services to the homeless. She also makes half-hour documentaries on subjects relating to the food supply that air regularly on the Park Slope Food Coop’s cable access show.
SLIPPERY SLOPE -
A comedy about feminism and porn by BMC alum Sarah Schenck
“Slippery Slope,” hailed by the Montreal Gazette as a “huge success,” is Sarah Schenck’s first feature film as a writer/director (2006). She has written three other feature screenplays. In 2004 Sarah was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for producing “Virgin,” a $65,000 feature directed by Deborah Kampmeier, starring Robin Wright Penn and Elisabeth Moss.
Four Bryn Mawr graduates worked with Schenck on Slippery Slope at various stages of its production. Kristy Fallica (BMC '06) and Andrea Piskora (BMC '04) assisted Schenck when the film was in pre-production, Kristen Coveleskie (BMC '06) participated in the post-production editing process, and Fallica and Sarah Melker (BMC '06) translated the screenplay into French for subtitling on the final cut. Coveleskie and Fallica met Schenck through the Career Development Office's alumni network. Both women completed the Film Studies minor at Bryn Mawr and both have further pursued film in their post-graduate endeavors: Coveleskie works in video production, and Fallica is working on a Ph.D. in Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. What people are saying about Slippery Slope: After three sold-out screenings at the 2006 Montreal World Film Festival, the Montreal Gazette called Slippery Slope "a huge success" and said "Montreal audiences are eating up Slippery Slope." In this feel-good movie a young idealistic director's film is in the can, but not in Cannes unless she can pay the $50,000 film production cost to send "Feminism for Dummies" on its way to the prestigious French film festival.
Sarah Scheck wrote and directed this cute screwball comedy based on, well, screwing. Laudable first film. -Judy Edelhoff, The American Magazine (Rome), March 2007. David Brown (Producer, Jaws, Cocoon, The Player) called Slippery Slope a "fresh and amusing send-up of pornography, funny and well done…good cast and first-rate writing." Judith Helfand (Co-Director, Blue Vinyl, A Healthy Baby Girl ) said, "I watched Slippery Slope and cheered for filmmaker Sarah Schenck -- for her ability to translate her warmth, wonder, chutzpah, and serious humor to the screen. Slippery Slope shows feminism as a dynamic notion that gets redefined by every generation, much like pornography. Sarah lets us into that world, rife with the sexual, gender, and feminist politics of our time. Moo shu will never taste the same." Nora Ephron (screenwriter and director, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail , When Harry Met Sally) writes: "The movie looks great…and you got great work out of the actors." Susan Faludi (author, Backlash, Stiffed ) wrote "Slippery Slope was delightful and yes, you did make me laugh in many spots...I admire your verve in tackling a dicey subject." Shere Hite (author, The Hite Report on Female Sexuality, The Hite Report on Male Sexuality - over 40 million books published) says, "I loved your film "Slippery Slope," it is hilarious, funny, multi-layered and really warm." Academy-award nominated animator Bill Plympton raves "I've just seen Slippery Slope by Sarah Schenck and it's a wonderful and very funny film. You'll love it."BACK TO STUDENTS