Nina Gilden Seavey, Director

Nina Gilden Seavey

NEWS: After 30 years, Nina Seavey is stepping down as Director of The Documentary Center


Nina Gilden Seavey is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and a nearly 30-year veteran of the documentary world. Her films can be seen in theaters, on television, in ancillary media, and in museum exhibitions across the globe. In 1990, Seavey founded The Documentary Center at The George Washington University. 

In 2002, she became the Founding Director of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (now AFI Docs). She continued with the festival as Executive Producer until 2009. Seavey is also the co-director of the Center for Innovative Media at GW. She holds the academic rank of Research Professor of History and Media and Public Affairs. In 2012, she was named one of the top 50 journalism professors in the U.S. 

Seavey’s films have appeared in domestic and international festivals and have won numerous awards including 5 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 Italian National Olympic Cup for Best Sports Film, among many others. She is currently in production on a new podcast for Pineapple Street Media called My Fugitive.


Work (as Director)

  1. My Fugitive (Podcast series in production)
  2. Parables of War
  3. The War at Home
  4. 4th & GOAL
  5. A Short History of Sweet Potato Pie and How It Became a Flying Saucer
  6. The Matador
  7. The Ballad of Bering Strait
  8. A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America