Shareen Anderson is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of Fort Greene Filmworks. She combines her love of the filmmaking craft with her passion for travel, languages, and history. Whether in a remote village in Armenia or the bustling city of Johannesburg, Shareen has a unique talent for telling intimate and gripping stories.
Through her production company, Fort Greene Filmworks, Shareen has developed and produced a wide-range of documentary films and series, working together with other creative and acclaimed filmmakers.
In collaboration with Left Hand Films, she was co-director, co-producer, co-writer, and cinematographer on A Different Country, a four-part documentary series filmed in the UK and South Africa; Saving Soweto, an eight-part documentary series for Al Jazeera English, which took a bronze medal at the 2010 New York Festivals; Forgotten Freedom Fighters, a one-hour documentary for Al Jazeera English; The Rageh Omaar Report: The Party's Over, a one-hour current affairs program for Al Jazeera English; These Streets Belong To Us, a one-hour documentary, which aired on MNET Africa Magic Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
In collaboration with HWLL Overseas Media Group, LLC, Shareen directed and co-produced Return To The USS Atlanta: Defender Of Guadalcanal, which won a Spirit of Independents Award at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. For South African directors Busi Kheswa & Zethu Matebeni, Fort Greene Filmworks co-produced and Shareen was director of photography on Breaking Out Of The Box, which screened at numerous international film festivals, including Out In Africa. Shareen's first feature-length documentary film Charents: In Search Of My Armenian Poet, produced by Fort Greene Filmworks and co-sponsored by Naregatsi Art Institute, won the 2010 Audience Choice Award at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Shareen is also a freelance producer, director, camera operator, and editor. Projects she has worked on include Prison Town U.S.A., a feature-length documentary about prison expansion for the POV strand on PBS; Families: The Wonder of Toddlers, also for PBS, Beyond Blue: Mankind's Deepest Dive for RTVi, Uncle Sam Wants You!, a two-hour special for A&E that follows US Marines as they find young recruits in a low income neighborhood in Queens, New York, the award-winning Food Network specials After Midnight: New York and After Midnight: Las Vegas, and Take This Job... a thirteen-part series for A&E on how Americans make a living. She was field producer on The Sacred Truth: The Blue Hole of Dahab, which took the Gran Prix at the Belgrade International Underwater Film Festival and co-produced The Empty Tomb, a one-hour documentary about the Great Pyramid, both for RTVi.
She is also the co-founder and co-director of the annual Jozi Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Shareen graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Russia with an MA in Russian Language and Literature, and from Washington State University with a BA in French and Russian. A California native, she has lived and worked extensively around the US, Russia, Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Ukraine, France, England, and South Africa. She currently lives in New York City.