Shareen Anderson is an award-winning filmmaker who combines her love of filmmaking with a passion for culture, travel, and history. Through her production company, Fort Greene Filmworks, she’s developed and produced a wide-range of documentary films and series, often collaborating with other acclaimed filmmakers and production companies. She also directs and produces commercials, corporate and educational videos, and live events.
Shareen directed and co-produced Trial By Fury: The People v. Scott Peterson, a feature documentary film that examines the intersection of the criminal justice system, the media, and public opinion during the infamous double murder trial of Scott Peterson. She also co-directed and co-produced A Different Country, a four-part documentary series about five South African teenagers during a year abroad in England; Saving Soweto, an eight-part documentary series for Al Jazeera English following the doctors and staff in one of the world’s busiest hospitals, which took a bronze medal at the 2010 New York Festivals; Forgotten Freedom Fighters, a one-hour documentary for Al Jazeera English; These Streets Belong To Us, a one-hour documentary, which aired on MNET Africa. Return To The USS Atlanta: Defender Of Guadalcanal, which she directed and co-produced, won a Spirit of Independents Award at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Fort Greene Filmworks also co-produced Breaking Out Of The Box, which screened at numerous international film festivals, including Out In Africa. Shareen’s first feature documentary film, Charents: In Search Of My Armenian Poet, won the 2010 Audience Choice Award at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Shareen is also a freelance producer, director, camera operator, and editor. Projects she has worked on include Friday Night Tykes for Esquire, Rattled for TLC, Prison Town U.S.A., a feature-length documentary about prison expansion for the POV strand on PBS, Families: The Wonder of Toddlers, also for PBS, Beyond Blue: Mankind’s Deepest Dive for RTVi, Uncle Sam Wants You!, a two-hour special for A&E that follows US Marines as they find young recruits in New York City, the award-winning Food Network specials After Midnight: New York and After Midnight: Las Vegas, and Take This Job… a thirteen-part series for A&E on how Americans make a living.
She is also the co-founder and co-director of the annual Jozi Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.Shareen graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Russia with an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature, and from Washington State University with a B.A. in French and Russian. A California native, she has lived and worked extensively around the world, including Russia, Egypt, Cyprus, Ukraine, France, England, Armenia, and South Africa. She currently lives in New York City.