Cynthia Salzman Mondell is an independent filmmaker who is committed to making films and videos that she feels have something to say about the world she lives in.
Her first documentary on housing and the lack of it, Promise and Practice, aired on public television in l977. She then teamed up with her husband, Allen Mondell to form Media Projects.Together, they have created over 30 social-issue documentary films and educational videos.
In recent years, she has directed Funny Women,a film celebrating women comedians, which will be a permanent exhibition at the Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future in Dallas. Previous to that, The Ladies Room, a documentary about the raucous and ribald world inside women’s restrooms.
Cynthia is past president of Women In Film – Dallas and past president of the Board of New Day Films,a nationally known independent film cooperative based in New York City. She was an artist in residence at University of Texas of Dallas, a member of the Texas Jewish Historical Society and the American Jewish Committee. Cynthia was recently nominated for an Emmy for her work on a Public Service Announcement for Meals on Wheels in conjunction with Women in Film – Dallas and in 2004, she was honored with the Women in Film’s Topaz Achievement Award