National Press Club

Famous Filmmaker to Show Clips from Eight Films and Discuss Them, May 20

May 12, 2013 | By Megan Cotten |

From the Vatican to Venezuela, from Berbers to buffalos, from gauchos to gold, the documentaries of Judith Dwan Hallet spread all over the map. A documentary filmmaker for more than 40 years, she will discuss her career and her adventures making films around the world.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m., May 20, in the conference rooms. It is free for club members and $5 for nonmembers. Please register here. There will be free refreshments and popcorn provided.

She will show clips from eight films, starting with "The Painted Truck," made in Afghanistan in 1971 before the ravages of war devastated the country. Next will be segments from three documentaries she made for National Geographic Television: "The Life and Legend of Jane Goodall: My Life with the Chimpanzees;" "The Gauchos of Argentina;" and "El Dorado Gold: Gold miners in Venezuela." She will also show extracts from: "Lords of the Garden" about the Korowai who live in tree houses in an Indonesian rain forest on the island of New Guinea; a film for the PBS series, “Nature”, "The American Buffalo: Battling Back; Witness to Hope," a two-hour film biography on the life of Pope John Paul II that aired on PBS; and "Moby-Dick," made for the Discovery Channel’s Great Book series.

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a major in filmmaking, Hallet served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, where she made a film on the Berber villages of southern Tunisia. In 1973, she became a producer/reporter at KUTV, the NBC affiliate TV station in Salt Lake City. In 14 years, she produced nearly 100 documentaries and won more than 30 awards including an Emmy. In 1987, she became National Geographic Television’s senior producer for its weekly news television show, “Explorer.” In 1991, she formed her own company, Judith Dwan Hallet Productions. Since then, she has produced and directed 14 award-winning documentaries for television. In 2008, she received an Emmy from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of her significant contributions to the broadcast industry.