Lisa Ades is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed films for PBS and cable television for more than 20 years. Her acclaimed film, Miss America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before its broadcast on the PBS series, The American Experience, in 2002. Her previous work includes producing with Ric Burns NEW YORK, a five part, ten-hour series (PBS, 1999), THE WAY WEST, a four-part, six-hour series, which received an Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award (PBS, 1995), and THE DONNER PARTY, which received a George Foster Peabody Award (PBS, 1992). Her films for cable television include BEAUTY IN A JAR (A&E, 2003), IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN (IFC, 2004), CHASING THE CROWN (WE, 2005), FABULOUS! THE STORY OF QUEER CINEMA (IFC, 2006) and the 4 part series INDIE SEX (IFC, 2007). She most recently completed a 7 part series on the history of the Jews of Syria for The Sephardic Heritage Museum in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently working on GI JEWS, a documentary history of Jewish American soldiers during WWII, for broadcast on PBS. (09/14)
A film by Lisa Ades, Executive Produced by Lola Van Wagenen & Jeanne Houck, 2002, 96 min., Color/BW
Tracking the country’s oldest beauty contest—from its inception in 1921 as a local seaside pageant to its heyday as one of the country’s most popular ...