Sadia Shepard's documentaries have been shown at film festivals around the country including Sundance, IFP/West, Full Frame, New York Jewish Film Festival, and on the Sundance Channel. She is the recipient of the Director's Choice Award at NextFrame; a Director's Citation and Director’s Choice Award from the Black Maria Film and Video Festival; the Festival Director Award from the Magnolia Independent Film Festival; and grants from the Jeremiah Kaplan Foundation and the Foundation for Jewish Culture. She produced The September Issue, a feature-length documentary about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, which won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2010 Cinema Eye Honors.

The September Issue
(Directed by RJ Cutler. Produced by Sadia Shepard & Eliza Hindmarch. HD, Color, 91 min, 2009)

The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published.


With unprecedented access, this film tells the story of legendary Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion.

In Search of the Bene Israel
(Produced & Directed by Sadia Shepard. 16mm, 8mm & DV, Color, 38 min, 2008)

The story of the filmmaker’s journey to reconnect with her maternal grandmother’s Bene Israel community of Western India, In Search of the Bene Israel follows a group of 3500 Jews in and around Bombay which believes that it was shipwrecked in India

2000 years ago and is in the process of a community-wide migration to Israel. We meet a Jewish Indian filmmaker working in Bollywood, a family who takes care of a rural synagogue, and a young couple on the eve of their marriage and departure for Israel.

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State Title
(Produced & Directed by Sadia Shepard. 16mm & DV, Color, 21 min, 2004)

Young women travel from all over Mississippi to work with celebrated pageant coach, Mary Francis Flood, whose lessons extend well beyond the pageant stage. In addition to choosing dresses and refining the swimwear walk, Mrs. Flood teaches young women "how to win with humility and lose with dignity." State Title follows Mrs. Flood on the road with her pupils and shows the hard work that student and teacher go through to be a successful team.

*Included as a Special Feature on the In Search of the Bene Israel DVD

Eminent Domain
(Produced & Directed by Sadia Shepard. 16mm, Color & B/W, 16 minutes, 2000)

What is the identity of a town that has been bulldozed and replaced with a four-lane highway? Eminent Domain is a portrait of Stewart, Mississippi in the process of its demolition.
Using an experimental approach that includes step-printing, hand-coloring and Super 8mm, the film captures a community in transition which has lost the primary physical spaces of its home.

*Included as a Special Feature on the In Search of the Bene Israel DVD

(Produced & Directed by Sadia Shepard. 16mm, B/W, 5 minutes, 1999)

The autumn love story of an eighty-three year old inventor and his muse, Reinvention follows Pete and Mary - a couple who is determined to have a second childhood. Using early film conventions such as intertitles and non-sync sound, the film

shows the duo spending their days testing gadgets and their nights swing dancing, reminding us that it's never too late to begin again.

*Included as a Special Feature on the In Search of the Bene Israel DVD