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Memorial for Ellie Hamerow

Event Date and Time:

May 3, 2012


9th Floor Lobby
721 Broadway, 9th Floor Lobby
New York, NY 10003

Eleanor Hamerow
In Memoriam

You are cordially invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate and remember the life, films, and teachings of Ellie Hamerow (former Graduate Chair).

Eleanor “Ellie” Hamerow came late to the film industry and quickly established herself among New York’s top editors. In a career dominated by men, she worked on documentaries and news shows, such as NBC White Paper, and edited dance films for renowned dancer-choreographer Martha Graham, including Graham's TV productions of A Dancer's World and Appalachian Spring. In the early 1970s, Ellie edited the pilot for An American Family, the landmark PBS documentary series that intimately followed the real-life Loud family, from Santa Barbara. An American Family was a cultural phenomenon and is credited with launching the modern reality-TV genre. Ellie began teaching at New York University's Graduate Film Department in the early 1970s, and by1980 she was head of the department. She recruited new teachers, redesigned the curriculum, and taught a generation of noted filmmakers, including  Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Susan Seidelman, Barry Sonnenfeld, Todd Solondz, and Ang Lee—as well as countless producers, cinematographers, and editors. Upon her retirement, Ellie received New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1990, Ellie co-directed The Journey Within, a documentary about a poetry and art teacher, and she was working on a personal documentary about her life as a child of Socialist parents when she died late last year, at the age of 91.