Gita Saedi Kiely (Producer/Director):
Gita is an award-winning producer, director and editor with more than 15 years' experience in documentary film. She was the Series Producer and story editor for Kartemquin Films' nationally acclaimed PBS series The New Americans -- a three-part, seven-hour series following five immigrant families' journey to and first years in the U.S. Prior to The New Americans, she served on producing teams for Channel 4 in the U.K., CBS and PBS in the U.S. and RTE in Ireland. Since The New Americans, Gita line-produced Reel Paradise, a feature documentary about independent film guru John Pierson and his family's adventure on a remote island in Fiji.
Since moving to Montana in 2003, Gita has made three films focused on the American West. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Montana School of Journalism where she teaches documentary film history and production courses. Her 2007 class's film recently won the Broadcast Educators Association's Best in Category Award for long-form documentary.