Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian with a 30-year career in the non-fiction world. Her media projects can be seen in theaters, on television, in ancillary media, in museum exhibitions, and heard in podcasts across the globe. She is also author of numerous articles, books, and essays on a wide-range of topics. Seavey is the President of Seavey Media.
Seavey is the Founding Director of The Documentary Center in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. She holds the academic rank of Full Research Professor of History and Media and Public Affairs with appointments both in the Department of History and in the School of Media and Public Affairs.
Seavey’s documentaries have won numerous awards including five National Emmy nominations (one statue awarded), the Erik Barnouw Prize for Best Historical Film of the Year, The Golden Hugo, Cine Special Jury Prize, The Telly Award, The Italian National Olympic Cup for Best Sports Film, The Peter C Rollins Prize for Best Film in American Culture, among many others.
Seavey has received a number of professional accolades including being named one of the top 50 professors of journalism in the U.S. Among other industry awards she received a commendation for “Outstanding Service to the Industry” by Discovery Communications, was the Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award recipient, and was named a “Woman of Vision” by Women in Film and Video.
In addition to her numerous film and media productions and work as an educator, in 2002, Seavey became the Founding Director of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (now AFI Docs). She built the festival into the largest documentary festival in the US.