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Allie Light

Allie Light, winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the 1994 National Emmy Award for best interview program, writes, directs and produces documentary films with her partner, Irving Saraf. Her credits include: "Dialogues With Madwomen", (Emmy; Freedom of Expression Award, Sundance Film Festival); "In The Shadow of The Stars", (Academy Award); "Mitsuye and Nellie, Asian American Poets"; "Visions of Paradise" (five half hour films about folk artists), "Shakespeare's Children"; "Rachel's Daughters", a film about the causes of breast cancer (HBO broadcast) and "Blind Spot, Murder By Women". She has published a book of poems, "The Glittering Cave" and edited an anthology of women's writings, "Poetry From Violence". Ms. Light lectured in film at City College of San Francisco and, for ten years, in the Women Studies Program at San Francisco State University. A native of the United States, she was born in 1935. Her own story appears in "On Women Turning 50, Celebrating Mid-Life Discoveries", by Cathleen Rountree (Harper/Collins, 1993) and "Film Fatales, Independent Women Directors", by Judith M. Redding and Victoria A. Brownworth (Seal Press, 1997) Her recent project, with her partner, Irving Saraf, is "Small Bodies of Evidence", a series of four films about children's health and the environment. The first one, "Childhood Asthma" will be broadcast on public television in the fall of 2002. Allie is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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