Deborah works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a film and video editor, editing numerous internationally acclaimed documentaries on a wide range of sensitive and challenging topics. For editing The Times of Harvey Milk she received a National Emmy and the film received an Academy Award. Marlon Riggs' video Color Adjustment, which she edited, received a Peabody and an International Documentary Association Award. She also edited Marlon Riggs' Ethnic Notions and the Frontline program Men Who Molest, which both received National Emmys, Straight From the Heart which was an Academy Award nominee, and was an editor of Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt another Academy Award winner.
In 1986 Deborah's life changed when her mother began showing signs of Alzheimer's Disease and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to be near her daughter. As Deborah struggled to cope with her mother's changes she decided to chronicle her caregiving experiences. The resulting film, Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter, has received over 30 international awards, including an Academy Award nomination, an Emmy Award, a Peabody, and a duPont-Columbia Award. Complaints... aired nationally on PBS in June 1995, and received rave reviews from virtually every major paper in the country.
Deborah has lectured extensively about film, and has served on juries for numerous film festivals including Sundance. She has also presented key note addresses at many medical and women's conferences about her experiences with Alzheimer's Disease; the Mayo Clinic, the Rush Alzheimer's Center, and the Alzheimer's Association being just a few.
With her partner Frances Reid, Deborah directed Long Night's Journey into Day; South Africa's Search for Truth and Reconciliation. This feature documentary won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance and received an Oscar nomination as well at 20 other international awards.
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