Marion Lear Swaybill
Marion Swaybill is an Emmy Award winning television producer, screenwriter, and veteran production executive. Her body of work includes an array of documentaries and dramas that have been broadcast in America and abroad and featured at many international film and television festivals. From the Holocaust to post-war Kosovo, Jewish humor to surreal art, Swaybill’s work reflects her passion for history and storytelling along with her belief in the potential of film to preserve cultural literacy, provide new and unexpected experiences, and enrich the public dialogue.
Swaybill’s numerous award-winning productions include A Normal Life (best feature documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival); Witness: Voices from the Holocaust; Dialogues with Elie Wiesel; A Dangerous Man (International Emmy for Drama); Bubbe Meises (two Metropolitan Area Emmys); Channel Crossings (Peabody and DW Griffith awards); Metrocosms (Metropolitan Area Emmy), among many others. Other production highlights include the award-winning drama series Tales from the Hollywood Hills; the long-running PBS series Travels; and the internationally honored comic documentary The World of Jewish Humor. Swaybill was consulting producer on KZ, a film selected for documentary competition at Sundance, 2006. Her screenplay Summer Wind is in development with DeFina Film Productions.
Swaybill has been an independent producer and media consultant since 1992. Before that, she served as director of acquisitions and co-productions for WNET in New York, and she was a producer in the documentary division at NBC News. She is on the board of directors of SKIP, a not-for-profit organization serving children at risk; and Business Links International, an international trading company in New York. The former chairman of the board of advisors for the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting at the Jewish Museum, Swaybill was festival chair for the Women 2000 Film Festival at the U.N. Bejing +5 Conference.