Susan Hamovitch

I have been passionate about independant film ever since I sat at the receptionist’s desk of the Women’s Interart Center (a now defunct non-profit that showcased women’s interdisciplinary work) back in the 80’s and overheard the soundtrack of just-produced experimental film extraordinaire, Savage/Love, by Shirley Clarke. It played every day, sometimes two or three times. I would strain to hear the soundtrack but kept dutifully to my work.

After the 50th time, I left my desk and stood in the doorway of the screening room and while I watched the short film I knew that this was a once in a lifetime experience, standing in a doorway and seeing something so perfectly made. It was beautiful beyond categorization.

Let me leave this vignette as the moment that in some way steered my path forward. If I haven’t followed in her footsteps, who can? Clarke was always my beacon.

What followed:
MFA in television and radio from Brooklyn College
Thesis project: On the Road to Choice, a women’s theater piece comprised of the actors’ stories about abortion

Making a living:
I have enjoyed teaching, enormously, at all levels, from 3rd grade Magnet programs in the public schools to graduate students at New School University in New York City   When it comes to teaching now, it’s through sharing my love of Qigong and t’aiji, which I use to keep me calm through crazy times — if you ever would like to learn some de-stressing, balancing exercises, please join us!

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and catahoula cur. Weekends and summers we’re up in Kerhonkson


Feature Length Documentaries

Stood for the Storm, 2015 about Susan LaGrange, aka “Mama Sue,” who explores over a period of four years what it took for her to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Official Selection

Ethnograf Film Festival, Paris

Montgomery College, Gallery Exhibit, Surviving the Storm Ten Years Later


Gold Award at the Festival for Women and Social Issues

Without Apology, 2004, aß personal documentary about the filmmaker’s search for the truth about her brother, whose developmental disabilities forced him at a young age into an institution

Official Selection

Brooklyn Arts Film Festival

Hearts and Minds Film Festival

Rhode Island Film Festival

Assim Vivemos Film Festival, Brasilia, Brazil


Best documentary, Brooklyn Arts Film Festival

First place Audience Award, Hearts and Minds Film Festival

Toured nationally for over a year to varied audiences, discussing the themes and issues of the film

I sporadically post to a blog — with observations about my brother


Short Films, a sampling
3Conversations in April

Brooklyn Totem


Lettie Lee Asks a Question, co-produced with Lettie Lee
winner of Pelican D’Or Award in St. Bernard