Marilyn Ness | Director/Producer

Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. Ness is currently producing Kirsten Johnson’s film CAMERAPERSON.  Most recently Ness produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's feature documentary E-TEAM which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Ness also produced Johanna Hamilton's feature documentary 1971 which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2014. She is currently a partner at Big Mouth Productions and produces and directs feature length documentaries, documentaries for broadcast, as well as short films for non-profits.  She directed and produced the documentary feature film BAD BLOOD: A CAUTIONARY TALE that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011 and was the centerpiece of a campaign to reform blood donation policies in the U.S.  Prior to that, Ness spent four years as a producer for director Ric Burns, collaborating on four award-winning PBS films: ANSEL ADAMS; THE CENTER OF THE WORLD; ANDY WARHOL; and EUGENE O’NEILL. Ness’s films have received funding from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sundance Documentary Fund as well as other innovative sources.  She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons and currently teaches Producing Documentaries at Columbia University School of the Arts Masters Film Program.

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