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A longtime documentary filmmaker, Sharon Wood recently served as writer on And the Oscar Goes To…, a feature documentary about the history of the Academy Awards, for Turner Classic Movies (TCM), 2014.  Wood also produced and wrote The Battle of amfAR, a documentary short shown at Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals among others, and on HBO in 2013. Both films were directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

Previously Wood served as producer/director/writer at JAK Documentary, a division of Lucasfilm, for eight years, and head of the department for two years. For JAK, she produced, directed and wrote 18 historical documentaries on subjects ranging from Tolstoy to the Middle East during World War I to John Ford. Many of those films appeared on the History Channel in 2008. In 2010, Wood oversaw production of Double Victory, a feature documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen, and served as series producer, director and writer on Manifest Destiny, a mini-series on U.S. foreign policy, also for Lucasfilm, which was broadcast on public television in 2012.

Two films Wood co-produced premiered on POV, Freedom Machines and KPFA On the Air.  Her public television writing credits include two Oscar nominated feature documentaries: Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, and Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren, as well as Isamu Noguchi:  Stones and Paper for “American Masters,” and And Then One Night: The Making of the Opera ‘Dead Man Walking.’   Wood’s other writing credits include the Peabody and Columbia-Dupont award winning The Celluloid Closet and Paragraph 175, both for HBO.

Sharon began her career by making a short documentary on village women in Gujarat, India, Kheturni Bayo, and a film portrait of a San Francisco based jazz quartet, Outside In Sight: The Music of United Front.

The Art of Nonfiction Movie Making, which Wood co-authored with Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein, was published by Praeger-ABC Clio in 2012.

Please contact Sharon Wood via e-mail here.

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