Esther Duran, M.F.A.
With an M.F.A in film from Columbia University and more than 25 years working as a filmmaker in the New York City area and South America, professor Esther Duran’s credits include writing and directing narrative and documentary projects, editing and sound design, production managing and distribution. Her films have won prizes in the U.S. and internationally, including Best Short Narrative at both New York International Short Film Festival and Philadelphia International Film Festival. Her films have been broadcast on local PBS and Community stations, and are part of film collections at Harvard University and the New York Public Library. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Film Institute, NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) and UNESCO. She also received a script developing grant award by Latino Public Broadcasting, part of the CPB Minority Consortia, to work on Long Distant Love, a one-hour narrative film for public television about a South American immigrant working as a nanny to help support her children back home. Her television experience includes five years in public affairs and broadcast journalism as the executive producer of award-winning program DIALOGO DE COSTA A COSTA, a national daily talk show for educational station HITN-TV. At the present time she is completing an interactive docu-Web series about cocoa farmers in Venezuela and their struggle to preserve their agricultural ways in the midst of rapid rural modernization.