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March 23, 2022 Alumni Events
03/23/2022 7:00 PM 03/23/2022 8:00 PM America/New_York Andover VIRTUAL: [email protected] Committee Hosts a Conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60

The [email protected] Committee cordially invites you to

A Conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60
Award-winning film editor, producer, and director

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
7 to 8 p.m. ET

A conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60, Andover Alumni Award of Distinction recipient, will be moderated by Bethe Moulton ’66.

An award-winning film editor, producer, and director, Dorothy Tod is well known for her work on children’s television programs as well as compelling documentaries that shed light on timely social and environmental issues. Tod began her film career at Drew Associates. This was in 1964 before there were film schools, and Robert Drew liked to hire smart liberal-arts graduates and turn them loose—researching subjects, syncing up footage, editing, taking sound, shooting. He is known in film history as the father of the American “cinéma vérité” documentary. She went on to do freelance editing for other “cinéma vérité” masters— Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and the Maysles brothers. Another freelance gig was editing for CBS’s popular Captain Kangaroo. There she met the people who went on to create PBS’s groundbreaking Sesame Street. She is credited with creating the Sesame Street opening theme segment and has produced and edited way too many short nature films featuring animals in East Africa, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo.

A pioneer in her field, Tod established Dorothy Tod Films in 1972. What if You Couldn’t Read?, her 1980 documentary that sensitively explores how a businessman at first hides his illiteracy and then learns to read, won the duPont–Columbia Citation in Broadcast Journalism. Her 1981 film Warriors’ Women, which provided a moving insight into the impact of the Vietnam War and its aftermath on families, aired nationally on PBS and earned Tod the Grand Prize at the New England Film Festival that year. In 2000, Tod produced and directed A Dyslexic Family Diary, which chronicles a mother’s 18-year struggle to get an education for her bright dyslexic son.

Tod also established and managed the Vermont Women’s Cable Network, which aired weekly programming across the state. After a 1998 flash flood wreaked havoc on Vermont businesses and homes—including Tod’s—she began to focus on water problems and dams. Tod was also a member of the Producer’s Committee for Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, a documentary series that portrays Vermont’s iconoclastic spirit. Tod has also created campaign films for Vermont politicians Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Richard Snelling.

After graduating from Abbot Academy, Tod earned a BA degree from Vassar College, where she studied art history, history, and English. She currently lives in Warren, Vermont.

Kindly RSVP here, or for questions, please contact Carla Castillo in the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Hosted by the [email protected] Committee
Noreen A. Markley ’73, P’11, chair, and Lee Sullivan ’68, vice-chair
Blakeman Hazzard Allen ’66, Nathalie Taft Andrews ’59, Mae Concemi Bradshaw ’62
Jane H. Christie ’58, P’85, ’87, GP’24, Sandra Castle Hull ’58, P’81, ’84
Elizabeth Humstone ’66, Sara Ingram ’71, Lynne Moriarty Langlois ’62, P’90
Cornelia Weldon LeMaitre ’53, P’80, ’82, '86, ’86, ’87, GP’13, ’16
Chandri Navarro ’82, P’15, Susan W. Peters ’75, P’09, ’12, Lori Goodman Seegers ’73, P’05
Ruth Sisson Weiner ’66, P’97, ’01

VIRTUAL: [email protected] Committee Hosts a Conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60

VIRTUAL: [email protected] Committee Hosts a Conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The [email protected] Committee cordially invites you to

A Conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60
Award-winning film editor, producer, and director

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
7 to 8 p.m. ET

A conversation with Dorothy Tod ’60, Andover Alumni Award of Distinction recipient, will be moderated by Bethe Moulton ’66.

An award-winning film editor, producer, and director, Dorothy Tod is well known for her work on children’s television programs as well as compelling documentaries that shed light on timely social and environmental issues. Tod began her film career at Drew Associates. This was in 1964 before there were film schools, and Robert Drew liked to hire smart liberal-arts graduates and turn them loose—researching subjects, syncing up footage, editing, taking sound, shooting. He is known in film history as the father of the American “cinéma vérité” documentary. She went on to do freelance editing for other “cinéma vérité” masters— Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and the Maysles brothers. Another freelance gig was editing for CBS’s popular Captain Kangaroo. There she met the people who went on to create PBS’s groundbreaking Sesame Street. She is credited with creating the Sesame Street opening theme segment and has produced and edited way too many short nature films featuring animals in East Africa, SeaWorld, and the San Diego Zoo.

A pioneer in her field, Tod established Dorothy Tod Films in 1972. What if You Couldn’t Read?, her 1980 documentary that sensitively explores how a businessman at first hides his illiteracy and then learns to read, won the duPont–Columbia Citation in Broadcast Journalism. Her 1981 film Warriors’ Women, which provided a moving insight into the impact of the Vietnam War and its aftermath on families, aired nationally on PBS and earned Tod the Grand Prize at the New England Film Festival that year. In 2000, Tod produced and directed A Dyslexic Family Diary, which chronicles a mother’s 18-year struggle to get an education for her bright dyslexic son.

Tod also established and managed the Vermont Women’s Cable Network, which aired weekly programming across the state. After a 1998 flash flood wreaked havoc on Vermont businesses and homes—including Tod’s—she began to focus on water problems and dams. Tod was also a member of the Producer’s Committee for Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, a documentary series that portrays Vermont’s iconoclastic spirit. Tod has also created campaign films for Vermont politicians Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Richard Snelling.

After graduating from Abbot Academy, Tod earned a BA degree from Vassar College, where she studied art history, history, and English. She currently lives in Warren, Vermont.

Kindly RSVP here, or for questions, please contact Carla Castillo in the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Hosted by the [email protected] Committee
Noreen A. Markley ’73, P’11, chair, and Lee Sullivan ’68, vice-chair
Blakeman Hazzard Allen ’66, Nathalie Taft Andrews ’59, Mae Concemi Bradshaw ’62
Jane H. Christie ’58, P’85, ’87, GP’24, Sandra Castle Hull ’58, P’81, ’84
Elizabeth Humstone ’66, Sara Ingram ’71, Lynne Moriarty Langlois ’62, P’90
Cornelia Weldon LeMaitre ’53, P’80, ’82, '86, ’86, ’87, GP’13, ’16
Chandri Navarro ’82, P’15, Susan W. Peters ’75, P’09, ’12, Lori Goodman Seegers ’73, P’05
Ruth Sisson Weiner ’66, P’97, ’01

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