Sarah Feinbloom is an award-winning director, producer and editor whose work includes documentaries, dramatic narratives and fundraising videos. She is also the founder and director of GOOD DOCS - an educational distribution company specializing in human rights and social issue documentaries.
Her latest project, What Do You Believe Now? - The Spiritual Journeys of American Millennials (2019) premiering at the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival, is a new feature length follow up to her 2002 documentary What Do You Believe? - the Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (2002). In the 2019 "before and after" film a Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota and Buddhist offer their deeply personal faith journeys, life challenges, and evolving ideas about higher powers, life purpose, the nature of suffering, religious intolerance and death.
The 2002 documentary aired on PBS stations and screened internationally at venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Toronto Children’s Film Festival, the National Association of Multicultural Educators, and the American Academy of Religion. It was voted "One of Ten Best Videos for Young Adults in 2003" by the American Library Association, and has shown at over 2000 schools and colleges in the U.S. and internationally. She also created and led workshops nationally and internationally on interfaith dialogue and religious diversity. Sarah has been a featured speaker for the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogue Series, the Graduate Theological Union's conference Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century: Muslim Identities in the Diaspora and for the Religions For Peace-USA Symposium: Beyond Bigotry: Recreating our Ethnic, Racial and Religious Harmony in a Post-September 11 World.
Her other projects include Earth Water Woman (2013) about Rastafarian women environmentalists in Trinidad, which premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and her documentary on LGBTQI activists in Jamaica called Many Loves, One Heart (2017) premiered at Frameline Film Festival. Youth to Youth made in 1995 examines racism, rape, war, police brutality, and growing up with violence through the eyes of the youth. She has led national workshops on violence prevention for schools, non profits and public health organizations. Her film Daughters and Sons Preventing Child-Trafficking in the Golden Triangle (2005), profiles a program that saves children from sex-trafficking, and was featured on NPR, won the award for best Short in Child Advocacy at the Artivist Film Festival, and helped raise over $250,000. In Search of the Heart of Chocolate (2008), premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and Which Way, Por Favor? an independent feature film was an indie festival favorite.
Sarah has a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Education from Tufts University. She has taught high school social studies, ESL and youth filmmaking workshops. Sarah also coordinated social justice programs for organizations including the American Friends Service Committee and the San Francisco Volunteer Center. She was a member of New Day Films where worked on the marketing committee, and she has served as a juror for documentary film festival competitions including the Audience Awards Women's Film Challenge. She has received a California Council For The Humanities grant, a Paul Robeson Award For Independent Media grant, and the Pacific Pioneer Fund grant among others for her film work.