Alumni Documentarians

Susannah Ludwig '93Susannah Ludwig '93
Award-winning independent producer

Susannah Ludwig was deemed a “visionary independent producer,” by The Sundance Film Institute when they awarded her the prestigious Mark Silverman Fellowship.

Most recently, she produced Kings Point, which was nominated for an Academy Award and will premiere on HBO in March 2013.

Ludwig co-created and executive produced the docu-series Boomtown, about the effects of oil discovery on a small town in North Dakota. Boomtown aired on Discovery/Planet Green; the Associated Press called it “brilliant,” adding “it's impossible not to get swept up in this saga of haves and have-nots, and not to root for them all.” Boomtown was the recipient of the prestigious IDA award for Best Documentary Series in 2011.

Stolen, a feature documentary exploring the infamous 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum became an art house sensation and was released theatrically in 50 cities across the country and distributed via Netflix as well as broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series.

Ludwig has produced numerous other documentaries such as Flat Daddy (Itunes, Hulu, and other digital platforms in November 2012,) Animas Perdidas (Lost Souls) (PBS,) My Mother's Garden (MSNBC,) Close Up: Photographers at Work (Ovation TV,) and Self Portrait With Cows Going Home and Other Works: A Portrait Of Sylvia Plachy (Ovation TV.)

She has also been a major force in the realization of numerous critically acclaimed theatrical films including Our Song, directed by Jim McKay; Ballad Or Ramblin’ Jack, directed by Aiyana Elliott; Spring Forward starring Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber, directed by Tom Gilroy and La Ciudad, directed by David Riker.

Ludwig is currently developing a diverse slate of projects, including a narrative project, Isabel X, directed by Rebecca Dreyfus, a docu-web series, On Meditation, a television series, Make Room For Baby, and two feature documentaries Sunlight Man, directed by Joel Gardner and Invisible Beauty for BET.

Ludwig also is the executive producer/co-founder of Snapdragon Films, a full-service production company.


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