Irene Taylor Brodsky
Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, most recently nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary with her film Beware the Slenderman at the 2017 Critics Choice Awards
Irene’s first feature film, Hear and Now, a documentary memoir about her deaf parents, won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2007, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America. Her short film, The Final Inch, about the global effort to eradicate polio, was nominated for an Academy award, multiple Emmys, and won the IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. After the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Irene followed the life of a single bird found coated in oil, and with HBO made Saving Pelican 895, which won an Emmy for its affecting music. In 2014, she directed One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp, which won the 2014 Prime Time Emmy for Best Children’s Programming. In 2016 she won a Sentinal Award for her coverage of global health in her short film Open Your Eyes, with music by Peter Gabriel and Salman Ahmad, that followed one Himalayan family’s struggle to regain their sight.
Irene’s early career began in Kathmandu, Nepal working as a Himalayan mountain guide and author. Her photography book, Buddhas in Disguise, became the basis for her first film, Ishara [Gesture] in 1993.
Irene has also worked as a journalist with CBS News and made numerous television documentaries. She is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She founded Vermilion Films in 2006.