Maia Wechsler has worked in documentary film in New York City for eight years. Prior to her work in film, she was a journalist in Paris, where her immersion in the history of France during the Nazi occupation led to her film SISTERS IN RESISTANCE. Her work in documentary film and video includes co-producer of the feature-length LIFTING THE FOG: THE BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKIi; producer and director, IN WORD AND DEED, about an activist church on New York’s Lower East Side; editor, Life Choices, a syndicated medical show; assistant editor, dance segment, ACCENT ON THE OFFBEAT, for Maysles Films; assistant editor, a series of TV commercials for Maysles Films; assistant editor, FALLEN CHAMP: THE UNTOLD MIKE TYSON STORY, directed by Barbara Kopple; assistant editor, A PERFECT CANDIDATE; assistant editor, THE ORPHAN TRAINS; and production manager, MY KNEES WERE JUMPING: REMEMBERING THE KINDER TRANSPORTS.
As a journalist, Ms. Wechsler was special correspondent for U.S. News and World Report in Paris, for which she covered the trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, and managing editor of Passion, an English-language Paris city monthly. Back in the United States, she was a business and arts writer at The Times in Trenton, New Jersey. As a student in Paris and New York, she studied and wrote about the anti-Jewish laws of Vichy France and did original research on the American government response to Vichy anti-Semitism. (09/09)