Shareen Anderson is an award-winning filmmaker who combines her love of filmmaking with a passion for culture, languages, and history. Through her production company, Fort Greene Filmworks, she has developed and produced a wide-range of documentary films and series in collaboration with other acclaimed filmmakers and production companies. She also directs and produces commercials, corporate and educational videos, and live events.
Most recently, Shareen co-directed and co-produced Trial By Fury, a feature documentary film that examines the intersection of the criminal justice system, the media, and public opinion during the trial of Scott Peterson. She also co-directed and co-produced A Different Country, a four-part documentary series filmed in the UK and South Africa, Saving Soweto, an eight-part documentary series for Al Jazeera English, which took a bronze medal at the 2010 New York Festivals, Forgotten Freedom Fighters, a one-hour documentary for Al Jazeera English, The Rageh Omaar Report: The Party's Over, a one-hour current affairs program for Al Jazeera English, These Streets Belong To Us, a one-hour documentary, which aired on MNET Africa Magic and the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Return To The USS Atlanta: Defender Of Guadalcanal, which she directed and co-produced, won a Spirit of Independents Award at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. For South African directors Busi Kheswa & Zethu Matebeni, Fort Greene Filmworks produced Breaking Out Of The Box, which screened at numerous international film festivals, including Out In Africa. Shareen's first feature-length documentary film, Charents: In Search Of My Armenian Poet, won the 2010 Audience Choice Award at the Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Shareen is also a freelance producer, director, camera operator, and editor. Projects she has worked on include Friday Night Tykes for Esquire, Baby Changes Everything for TLC, Prison Town U.S.A., a feature-length documentary about prison expansion for the POV strand on PBS, Families: The Wonder of Toddlers, also for PBS, Beyond Blue: Mankind's Deepest Dive for RTVi, Uncle Sam Wants You!, a two-hour special for A&E that follows US Marines as they find young recruits in New York City, the award-winning Food Network specials After Midnight: New York and After Midnight: Las Vegas, and Take This Job... a thirteen-part series for A&E on how Americans make a living.
She is also the co-founder and co-director of the annual Jozi Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Shareen graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Russia with an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature, and from Washington State University with a B.A. in French and Russian. A California native, she has lived and worked extensively around the US, Russia, Armenia, Egypt, Cyprus, Ukraine, France, England and South Africa. She currently lives in New York City.