Debra Zimmerman

Debra Zimmerman has been the executive director of Women Make Movies Women Make Movies, a nonprofit, New York-based film organization that supports women filmmakers, since 1983. During her tenure it has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Zimmerman has curated and organized video and film exhibitions for numerous organizations, including the American Film Institute, Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Formerly the president and chair of the board of directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, and a member of the board of the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, Zimmerman has moderated panels and given master classes at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDOC, and Reel Scree,n as well as film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. She sat on the Center’s Pew Fellowships panel in 2009.


Grants & Grantees

In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Bruce Graham’s Rizzo opens at Theatre Exile, NPR features Chris Forsyth, and Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson receives a Bessie Award.

Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.

Grants & Grantees

Mark Shetabi is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lisa Sonneborn’s documentary film and video work has been used to promote social action in the disability community.

Grants & Grantees

A new, user-friendly technology platform will enhance and streamline DataArts’ data collection and analysis tools, used nationally by thousands of cultural nonprofits to drive data-informed decision-making.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, Justin Cronin’s book The City of Mirrors debuts at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list, J.C. Todd wins the Rita Dove Poetry Prize, and we introduce 12 new Pew Fellows.

Grants & Grantees

Teresa Jaynes is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month this April, we highlight the recent achievements of many of our Pew Fellow poets.

Playwright and Pew Fellow James Ijames talks about how history influences his work, the importance of failure, and more.