Marilyn and Hal Weiner

Marilyn   and   Hal   Weiner   have   produced,   written,   and   directed   more   than   225 documentaries and several public television series, including Journey to Planet Earth, Women  at  Work, Faces  of  Man, and The  World  of  Cooking. They  have  also produced three feature films – Family Business, The Imagemaker, and K2. Their films have  been  shot  on  location  in  more  than  30  countries  on  five  continents,  translated  into numerous languages, and broadcast throughout the world.

Marilyn  and  Hal  Weiner  have  won  Emmy  Awards  for The  Earth  Summit  Pledge, commissioned  by  the  United  Nations  to  open  the  Earth  Summit  in  Rio  de  Janeiro,  and  Streets  of  Sorrow, a  television  documentary  about  a  support  group  formed  to  help people  cope  with  the  violent  death  of  a  family  member.  They  are  recipients  of  the National Academy of Television Arts and Science’s Silver Circle Award for “outstanding contributions  to  the  television  industry.”  Marilyn  Weiner  is  the  winner  of  Women-In-Film’s “Women of Vision Award” for creative excellence. In a contest sponsored by the National  Endowment  for  the  Arts  and  the  PEN/Faulkner  Foundation,  Hal  Weiner  won first   prize   at   the   18th   annual   Larry   Neal   Writers’   Competition   for   his   dramatic screenplay, The  Jerusalem  Syndrome. The  Weiners  have  also  won  more  than  130  top international awards.

Marilyn Weiner was appointed by Mayors Anthony Williams and Marion Barry to serve as a DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities for six years. She is on the Board of Directors of Filmfest DC. Ms. Weiner served on the Board of Directors of the Committee to  Promote  Washington,  DC,  the  Washington  Urban  League,  Women-In-Film  and  the Woolly  Mammoth  Theater  Company.  She  has  been  President  of  the  Washington  Film Council,  Vice-President  of  Women-In-Film,  consultant  to  the  National  Commission  on Working  Women,  Chairperson  of  the  Advisory  Committee  to  the  Washington  Office  of Motion   Picture   Development,   and   Panelist   for   both   the   Corporation   for   Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hal  Weiner  is  the  founder  of  the  Independent  Media  Producer’s  Association,  served  on the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  Council  on  Non-Theatrical  Events  and  the  Washington Urban  League,  and  was  an  Honorary  Advisor  to  American  University’s  School  of Communications.  Mr.  Weiner  has  also  testified  before  the  House  of  Representative’s Commerce  Committee  about  national  security  issues  and  the  availability  of  the  world’s drinking  water.  He  is  often  a  guest  lecturer  at  area  universities  and  organizations  about the art of film production.

Director’s Statement
“Maybe it’s because we are feature film as well as documentary filmmakers, but we always seem to end up structuring our environmental projects like dramas; blurring the boundaries of truth and fiction to discover why civilization has chosen a destructive path that is in direct conflict with the forces of nature.”