Research Areas

Film; Women and Film; Screenwriting; Creative Writing


M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art

B.A., Columbia University

Nancy Salzer

Nancy Salzer

Nancy Salzer

Nancy Salzer’s documentary films and experimental-doc videos have shown at museums, festivals, and universities around the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. Venues include the Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archives. Nancy’s early film, Survival of a Small City, examined the impact of “revitalization” and gentrification on one urban neighborhood. Showings of her more recent work, Excerpts from the Mother Tapes, include the Harvard Film Archives ("Short and Edgy"), 21st Century Motherhood conference (University of Houston), Mothering, Law, Politics and Public Policy (York University), Family, Kinship and Cultural Studies (Kansas State), and “Motherhood and the Nation-State” (NEH Humanities Seminar/Stanford University). Video installation exhibitions of The Mother Tapes include Wellesley College and the Trustman Art Gallery of Simmons College. Nancy has received fellowships & grants from the Bunting Institute (now Radcliffe Institute), the Andrew Mellon Foundation, AFI, NEA, New Jersey and New York Humanities Councils, among others, and was awarded a 2011 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship. Nancy currently teaches screenwriting for the short form at Emerson College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Current Projects

On leave for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Representative Publications


Salzer, Nancy. Excerpts from the Mother Tapes.

Salzer, Nancy. Survival of a Small City.