In 2004, Sarah Schenck was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for producing “Virgin,” a $65,000 feature with Robin Wright Penn and Elisabeth Moss. “Slippery Slope,” currently in post-production, is her first feature film as a writer/director. She has written three other screenplays. Her short films as writer/director have won prizes in the U.K. and Belgium.
She field produced the New York City segment of “The College Track,” a documentary about access to college for low-income students that aired nationwide in 2005 on PBS. Since then, Sarah has made three documentaries for Project Renewal, NYC’s largest non-profit providing services to the homeless, as well as numerous industrials for corporations such as British Telecom Americas.
Sarah received her B.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Political Economy from Stanford University. Before she became a filmmaker, Sarah served for six years as the New York City Comptroller’s Senior Advisor for Education Policy (under both Liz Holtzman and her successor, Alan Hevesi) after working on public education policy for the 1992 Clinton/Gore presidential campaign.
Prior to that time, she worked for The New York Times in Rio; was a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art lecturing on fifteenth century Flemish painting; worked as a product testing guinea pig for Procter & Gamble in Paris; and cared for patients in Mother Theresa’s hospitals in Calcutta.