Dorothea Braemer has been making films and videos for the past 25 years. Her award-winning work has been screened at over 200 venues in the US and abroad, including local PBS stations, the Museum of Modern Arts and the Venice Biennale. She make documentaries, narrative films and experimental work on topics ranging from agriculture and censorship in the arts to autobiographical explorations about familial relationships. She received an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Her thesis work, a narrative film entitled Moonsheep, was awarded with a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and shown on Philadelphia-based PBS station WYBE. Pigeons, a narrative short, was also screened at WYBE, as well as numerous festivals in the US. Both films explore passive main characters, a recurring theme in her work.
As a member of the Termite TV media collective, Ms. Braemer produced numerous television programs covering a broad range of cultural, social and political themes. Termite’s work has won many awards, including Best Documentary Award (US Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival), the Gold Apple (National Educational Film & Video Festival), the Grand Prize (US Super 8 Film and Video and Festival), Director’s Citation (Black Maria Film Festival) and Best Innovative Series (Alliance for Community Media, Hometown USA Festival). Termite programs have been screened nationally on Free Speech TV, PBS, and many other venues, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Broadcasting in New York; and internationally in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai Radio and Television), India (Calcutta University of Mangalore, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute), England (Parnu Visual Anthropology Festival) and Mexico (Cine Estudiantil Festival). In 1999 she was one of 4 Termite directors who went on a 4-month road trip, recording people’s life stories and producing and screening “Living Documentaries” along the way.
For 10 years Dorothea Braemer was the executive director of Squeaky Wheel, a media arts center in Buffalo, NY. During her tenure there she created two documentary production programs which were cable cast to a national audience. One of the programs, the Buffalo Youth Media Institute, taught media production and local culture and history to a diverse group of high school students who then made their own documentaries about Buffalo. The other program, Channels – Stories from the Niagara Frontier, connected grassroots initiatives with media makers to make documentaries about issues that are significant in Buffalo but underexposed in mainstream media.
In 2011 she received a Fulbright Senior Lecture award to create a documentary about artist-activists in the German State of Brandenburg, Germany. Since 2012 she has been teaching courses in media production and script writing at Niagara University, Buffalo State University and UB.