Deirdre Fishel awarded a 2014 MacArthur Documentary Grant
Deirdre Fishel, a SMS faculty member in Screenwriting, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Documentary Grant for her documentary project, Care. Fishel was one of the 18 recipients selected from a pool of 500 applicants.
“This year’s documentaries illuminate serious issues in approachable, creative, and engaging ways, including two multi-platform projects that will be interactive and encourage audiences to share their own stories,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci.
Deirdre Fishel with Tony Heriza directed Care about the challenges facing home-based elder care providers. Care follows four dedicated home health aides as they put in long, difficult hours caring for the elderly, while struggling to keep food on their own tables. Their stories are contrasted by those of elders and their families desperate to find affordable, quality home care. The film reveals how the current system is failing all its stakeholders and documents efforts to find solutions that meet the needs of both workers and clients. Care also provides a rarely seen look at caregiving itself, revealing both the challenges and tender beauty of caring for another human being.
Deirdre Fishel is the writer/director of the dramatic feature film Risk, which premiered at Sundance; as well as three documentary features, Still Doing It, Sperm Donor X, and now Care. She also worked on The Boy Game, a hybrid doc/drama about gender straitjacketing among middle school boys and is in development on The Boy Game interactive website and a dramatic feature.