Sarah Schenk has been selected as one of the Hepburn Center Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year. Schenck will make her first visit to campus as a Hepburn Fellow on Sept. 24 to screen and respond to audience questions about Slippery Slope, her comedy about feminism and pornography. Slippery Slope, which won the “Best Feature” award at the 2007 Broad Humor Film Festival in Los Angeles, was Schenck’s first directorial effort. In 2004, Schenck was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for producing Virgin, directed by Deborah Kampmeier and starring Robin Wright Penn and Elisabeth Moss. She has won prizes in the U.K. and Belgium as a writer, director, and producer of short films. She is currently directing a feature film titled Primitive Streak, which will appear initially online in short, interactive episodes. She is also producing the NEH-funded feature documentary No Job for a Woman–the Women Who Fought to Report World War II, which tells the stories of three women who worked as journalists, including Bryn Mawr alumna Martha Gellhorn, who accompanied the D-Day landing in Normandy.
Schenck has made numerous documentaries for nonprofit organizations such as Amnesty International and Project Renewal. She is a member of Wide Iris, an alliance of filmmakers focused on issues of social justice, environmental sustainability, and arts advocacy; and a founding member of Urban Myth Writers Collective. She makes half-hour documentaries on subjects relating to the food supply that air regularly on the Park Slope Food Coop’s cable access show. Schenck, who became a filmmaker after a career in public-education policy, field-produced the New York City segment of The College Track, a documentary about access to college for low-income students that aired in 2005 on PBS.