The documentary films of social and environmental injustice that artist Susan Swartz has contributed to including Academy Award winners Born into Brothels and The Cove

The Queen of Versailles

Directed by Lauren Greenfield, the documentary follows a couple building the biggest house in America —a 90,000 sf. palace inspired by Versailles— when their timeshare empire falters due to the economic crisis. Their rags-to-riches-to-rags story reveals the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. Premiered at 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 


Pandora’s Promise

Produced by Susan’s husband Jim and directed by Robert Stone, this feature-length documentary premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Pandora’s Promise explores how and why mankind’s most feared and controversial technological discovery — nuclear power — is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. By carefully embracing all angles of the issue, the film provides both a personal and intellectual underpinning for the emergence of a new era of nuclear power and clean energy.



A real life action film about a UN hero, this documentary chronicles the life and final hours of Sergio Veira de Mello, the “go-to-guy” for international diplomacy. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Samantha Power’s biography Chasing the Flame, the film is directed by Greg Barker. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. 


Sugar Babies

This documentary is a compelling examination of the public health epidemic of diabetic children in America. The film tells the story of both types of diabetes by intimately following five patient stories.  Sugar Babies, the latest project from filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie, explains the stakes, reveals the impact on its most vulnerable victims, and ultimately sounds an alarm that cannot be ignored. 

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Women Art Revolution

This is groundbreaking, multimedia documentary project that excavates the evolution of the feminist art movement in America. Director Lynn Hershmann Leeson was an active participant in this movement and has spent 42 years documenting it. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Selected by MOMA New York as one of 3 best documentaries of 2011.


Under Our Skin

Directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson, this a powerful documentary about the science, the politics and the personal stories of Lyme disease, from which Swartz herself suffers chronically. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and their livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the healthcare system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients. Semifinalist for 2010 Academy Awards, Finalist for Audience Choice Award at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

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