Enid Zentelis

Distinguished Teacher

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Enid Zentelis is an award winning director, screenwriter and author.  Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and awards at New York Film Festival, Tribeca, Seattle, Sao Paolo, Torino, Stockholm and winner of Best Director prize at Sonoma FF. 

Features include: Evergreen starring Cara Seymour (Adaptation), Mary Kay Place (Big Love), Gary Farmer (Dead Man), which received critical acclaim when a first-of-its-kind deal was made with AMC Theaters.  Bottled Up, produced by Olympus Pictures (Beginners), nominated for The Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca Film Festival, stars Oscar winner, Melissa Leo (The Fighter, The Big Short), Marin Ireland and Josh Hamilton.   Sparrow, for New York Film and Stage Powerhouse Theater with Mark Linn-Baker and Ari Graynor.  Her first film, an experimental documentary, Outlaw, chronicles her family’s rescue by Raoul Wallenberg during the Holocaust.

Her commercial work as a director includes films for: The Clinton Foundation/Radical Media, Warner Records and Universal Records, including films on legends Eric Clapton and The Impressions, and acclaimed band WILCO.  

She is a member a global female directors’ collective, Film Fatales, a fellow of the Sundance Institute, a graduate of Hampshire College, and the Graduate Film Program at NYU. She was a NBC-Universal Directing Fellow on Tina Fey/Tracey Wigfield produced new series, Great News.

Zentelis is currently developing her next features, including French Resistance, a scripted series, Au Pair, starring Ann Carr (Red Oaks, Women Who Kill) and Wei-Yi Linn, and is a creator and host of podcast series, How My Grandmother Fought Fascists and Won.

Her films can be found on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon.