Sharon Pucker Rivo
Sharon Pucker Rivo, co-founder and Executive Director of National Center for Jewish Film, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, where she teaches courses on Jewish film and Film and the Holocaust. Educated at Brandeis (class of 1961) with a graduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, she began her career in television at WGBH-TV, Boston where she became an award winning film producer.
She has worked in the field of film archiving and Jewish film for over thirty years. Recognized nationally and internationally as an authority, she has been an invited lecturer at hundreds of venues including The Austrian Film Archive in Vienna, 92nd Street Y in NYC, Jewish Federation Women's Annual Luncheon in Santa Barbara, CA, The Summer Institute for Holocaust Education Foundation at Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Bowdoin College, Wellesley College, University of California at Santa Cruz, the Barbican Centre in London, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, and the University of Stockholm in Sweden. Ms. Rivo has curated a dozen retrospectives of Yiddish cinema, a retrospective of the Polish films of Andrzej Wajda, and 13 annual Jewish film festivals at the Brandeis Wasserman Cinematheque.
Numerous honors and awards including: The JCC of Rochester, NY Red Carpet Special Recognition (March 2010), Boston Center for Jewish Heritage at the Vilna Shul bestowed the Zvi Cohen Leadership and Legacy Award in recognition of her contribution, vision and commitment to preserving Jewish Cultural life (September 2007), The Melton Center for Jewish Studies at Ohio State University recognized her scholarship which helped to create and to shape the field of Jewish film studies with the "Distinguished Humanist Award." (May 2005). She has been previously honored by a number of professional organizations including the Boston Film Critics, Anthology Film Archives, the Bureau of Jewish Education, the American Jewish Congress and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, www.jewishfilm.org