Amanda Zackem is a Director and Cinematographer from Upstate NY who uses film as a tool to explore consciousness, simplicity, truth and justice in this experience we call life.
She was Director of Cinematography for the documentary Germans & Jews and Producer of the feature length documentaries, The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four and Blind Spot. Her short documentary on women’s cycling pioneer Georgena Terry screened in film-festivals worldwide. Her most recent documentary, American Psychosis, is based off an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges and discusses consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a world dominated by pervasive illusion. It has screened in film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards and was most recently nominated for Best Short Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival in London.
Amanda is a board member of Seeding Sovereignty, which is an youth led organization that empowers indigenous and non-indigenous women, honoring the fact that sovereignty prioritizes the rights of the earth, plants,animals and coming generations, protecting all those that cannot speak. Amanda holds a Bachelors degree from Ithaca College and a Master's Degree from The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She previously taught at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in the Multimedia, Photography and Design Department.