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Awards / Major Production Accomplishments

MAKING WAVES (2011) - produced and directed by Frances McElroy; supported in part with a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a 2010 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. Other supporters include The William Penn Foundation, Independence Foundation, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association.

MIRROR DANCE - co-produced and co-directed by Frances McElroy and Maria Rodriguez; CINE Golden Eagle Award, 2005; First Place for Documentary Excellence, Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Philadelphia Chapter; 2006 Imagen Award finalist for Best Documentary for Television or Film; Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, 2007; awarded major support from ITVS (Independent Television Service/CPB). Other supporters include Latino Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Philadelphia Foundation, the 5-County Arts Fund, the Montgomery County Foundation, and the Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association. The documentary premiered nationally in 2005 on the Emmy Award winning PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS. It is now seen on the PBS series GLOBAL VOICES.


  • ADF International Screendance Festival, July 2012
  • Cape May, NJ Film Festival, October 2012
  • Villanova University, Latin American Studies and Romance Languages Depts., 2011
  • Bryn Mawr College, sponsored by the Dance Program, 2011
  • Escuela Nacional de Danza, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 2008
  • Charanga Danzon, performance/screening, Seattle, Washington, April 2008
  • Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, March 2008
  • Latin American Film Festival, Duke University, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, November 2007
  • Festival of Women's Film & Media Arts, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, September 2007
  • Motion Pictures '07, 5th Annual Festival of Dance Film/Videos, Philadelphia, June 2007
  • Reel Rasquache Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, May 2007
  • Huntington Valley, PA Public Library Community Screening, April 2007
  • 7th Constellation Change Screen Dance Festival, London, March 2007
  • One Book, One Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, March 2007
  • Melbourne Latino Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, February 2007
  • Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana, Cuba, December 2006
  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, October 2006
  • Vistas Film Festival, Dallas, TX, September 2006
  • Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA, September 2006
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 2006
  • San Diego International Latino Film Festival Monthly Screening Series, February 2006
  • San Juan Cinemafest, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2005
  • San Francisco Latino International Film Festival, November 2005
  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, October 2005
  • Boston Latino International Film Festival, October 2005
  • Unviersity of Delaware, Trabant Theater, October 2005
  • CineSol Film Festival, Texas, September 2005
  • International House of Philadelphia, September 2005

BALLYCASTLE - produced and directed by Frances McElroy; Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2004; First Place for Documentary Excellence, Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Philadelphia Chapter; awarded grants from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Claneil and Leeway Foundations; exhibited as part of the May 2001 exhibition of Stuart Shils’ Irish work at Woodmere Art Museum; exhibited at Concord (MA) Art Museum as part of American Artists in Rural Ireland exhibit, 2006; Southside Film Festival, Bethlehem, PA, 2006; premiered regionally as part of WYBE’s PHILADELPHIA STORIES 4 series in 2004; presented nationally by American Public Television and WHYY (PBS/Philadelphia).

AN ANGEL IN THE VILLAGE - produced by Frances McElroy and directed by Glenn Holsten; broadcast nationally on public television; received funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; 2000 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award; 1999 First Prize for Documentary Excellence, Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Philadelphia Chapter; 2000 Gabriel Award; screened at The Community Gallery at The Philadelphia Foundation, October 2000; The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, 2001; Free Library of Philadelphia 2002

OUR FOOD OUR FUTURE - produced and directed by Frances McElroy; distributed nationally by American Public Television; 2001 Award for Documentary Excellence in Television Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Phila. Chapter; Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination for public affairs documentary, 2002.

ANDY WARHOL: SOCIAL OBSERVER - public service announcement for exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award, 2001

THE SKY: USE IT OR LOSE IT - screened as part of Scribe Video Center’s STREET MOVIES summer film/video series; Award of Merit, the New York Festivals, short film category, 2000

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award nominations (1996 and 1997) for public service announcements promoting the CEZANNE Exhibition and the Museumís Wednesday Night events.

PROJECT H.O.M.E.- Third place Best Video, the National Society of Fundraising Executives, 1999

WATERFRONT PHILADELPHIA - broadcast in Philadelphia region on public stations WHYY and WYBE. American Association of Port Authorities, Communications Award of Merit for Video Production, 1995