elizabeth bouiss

filmmaker, designer, educator

elizabeth bouiss

filmmaker, designer, educator


Filmmaker, Designer, Educator

Dedicated, caring and creative filmmaker, activist and educator committed to producing engaging,
thought-provoking works, and inspiring diverse populations through creative expression.


Pyramid Club the Movie (Producer/Director/Editor) ~ (In post-production) Feature documentary on the story of the gender bending artists, rebels, musicians, and patrons who pushed the edges at NYC’s Pyramid Club in the 1980s shaping the face of culture and counterculture to this day.


The Creek Did Rise (Producer/Director/Editor) ~ (In post-production) Feature documentary on the catastrophic flooding and rebuilding efforts in upstate New York following Hurricane Irene.


Speak Your Mind (Producer/Director/Editor) ~ Documentary on the crackdown on First Amendment rights post 911. Made in conjunction with my master’s thesis in New York University’s Educational Communication and Technology Program. (2005)


Pink White and Blue (Co-Producer/Director/Editor) ~ Made in collaboration with the American Social History Project’s Video Works Collective. Half hour documentary on the history of May Day and current issues New York City workers face. Grants received from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the North Star Fund. (2002)


When Ends Don’t Meet (Co-Producer/Director/Editor) ~ Documentary produced for Tualatin Valley Community Access highlighting the struggles of the working poor in the local community. (2000)


The Color of Justice (Producer/Editor) ~ Documentary short produced for the Hudson Guild and used to spark discussion in youth and community centers around issues of policing and citizen responsibility. (1999)


Washington County Review (Series Producer/Director) ~ Tualatin Valley Community Access, Washington County Oregon. Produced monthly public affairs show to promote citizen involvement. Researched and pitched topics, scheduled shoots, conducted interviews, Co-Writer and Editor. Topics included Mental Health, Aging Services, Community Corrections, Emergency Preparedness, Winner of the Shows that Make a Difference Award from the Alliance for Community Media. (1996-1999)


Listen to Us (Director/Producer/Editor) ~ Bi-lingual Spanish/English Documentary on women’s physical and mental needs as told by a diverse group of American-born and new immigrant women. This film was made to assist in the design of women’s health organizations. (1995)


No Time for Tears, Vietnam: The Women Who Served (Co-Producer/Director/Editor) ~ Award-winning documentary on the American women who served in Vietnam. Aired on National Geographic’s Explorer series and prime time on PBS. Won Honorable Mention at Chicago International Film Festival (1994)

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • The Donnet Fund, Inc
  • Yip Harburg Foundation
  • Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council
  • World Savvy Media Arts Program.


Video Production / Media Arts Teacher (Midwood High School, Brooklyn, NY) Developed curriculum for Media Arts CTE program. Mentored students. Taught media literacy, video production and graphic arts. (2013-2022)


Media Arts Teacher (University Neighborhood High School, New York, NY)
Taught media arts courses to 11th and 12th graders. Maintained computer lab. (2012-2013)


Video Production /Media Arts Teacher (John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, NY) Developed full curriculum for Video Production/Graphic Arts CTE program. Students’ works screened in festivals and won numerous competitions. (2008-2012)


Video Production / Media Arts Teacher (Life Academy for Film, Brooklyn, NY) Developed a CTE sequence for students to receive a CTE Certification in Media Production. Served as an advisor to a small group of students providing mentorship and exploring successful life skills. (2007-2008)


Video Production Teacher (New Explorers High School for Film, Bronx, NY)
Taught students to read, analyze and create media. (2005-2007)


Teaching Artist (Seward Park & Lower East Side Prep High Schools, NY, NY)
Taught video production to ELL students that were new immigrants. Collaborated with classroom teachers to produce nonfiction and fiction student video projects related to social studies, health and English classes. (2002-2005)


Filmmaker / Teaching Artist (SEIU 1199 Summer Youth Mentoring Program)
Taught video production / Media Literacy to high school students, and directed, produced and edited a documentary on Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole‘s poetry workshop with the youths in the program (2001-2006)


Filmmaker / Teaching Artist (Hudson Guild Community Center)
Taught documentary filmmaking to adults from ages 18-75. (1998-2000)

  • Film Club Advisor – Midwood High School 2013 – 2022
  • Pride Club Advisor – Midwood High School 2016 – 2021
  • Anime Club Advisor – Midwood High School 2013 – 2017
  • UFT Delegate – Midwood High School 2014 – 2018
  • Data Inquiry Team – University Neighborhood High School, 2012 – 2013
  • School Leadership Team – John Dewey High School, 2010-2012
  • UFT Delegate – John Dewey High School, 2009-2012
  • Student Media Activist Club Advisor– John Dewey High School, 2011-2012
  • New York University, Master of Arts in Educational Communication and Technology
  • New York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production (Graduated with Academic Honors)
  • New York State CTE Certified Educator in Media Communications
  • Adobe Premiere and Photoshop Certified through Certiport
  • Apple Teacher Certification
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