Deborah Scranton made her feature film directorial debut with the award-winning documentary THE WAR TAPES, which premiered and won Best Documentary Feature at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
Hailed by the New York Times as “raw, honest and moving … one of the formally most radical films of 2006” and described as “the first indispensable Iraq documentary,” THE WAR TAPES went on to win Best International Documentary at the 2006 BritDoc Festival, and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2007.
In 2008, Scranton reprised her ‘virtual embed’ directorial technique in BAD VOODOO’S WAR which was commissioned and broadcast by WGBH/FRONTLINE during the height of the Iraq War troop surge.
Her second feature EARTH MADE OF GLASS, a political thriller set in post-genocide Rwanda and France, features Rwandan President Paul Kagame and premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in Documentary Competition. Broadcast on HBO in April 2011, EARTH MADE OF GLASS was one of six films nominated for Best Documentary Feature of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America in 2011 and also won a Peabody Award the same year.
In March 2017, Scranton completed a feature documentary commissioned by HBO about multi-purpose canines who fight alongside American US Special Operations in teams. WAR DOG: A SOLDIER’S BEST FRIEND had its HBO broadcast premiere Veteran’s Day weekend, November 2017.
As a speaker, Scranton has appeared at high profile venues such as TED, Fortune/Aspen Institute’s BRAINSTORM and the Frontline Club in London as well as at academic institutions including Oxford, Harvard, Yale and the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) Marine Corps Training and Education Command. Her work has been profiled in publications including The New York Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.
In 2007, she was a visiting fellow at The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University working with the Global Media Project in the Global Security Program. During her fellowship, Scranton created and co-taught a senior seminar on documentary filmmaking and social change. She also created and organized a two day conference, “Front Line, First Person: Iraq War Stories,” which featured speakers representing the direct experience of war.
A former member of the US Ski Team, Scranton holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and a Bachelor degree in Semiotics (the study of how meaning is constructed and understood) from Brown University.
She resides on a farm in New Hampshire in a town where her family has been for the past nine generations.