Cheryl Furjanic is an Emmy-award nominated filmmaker whose documentary and fiction films have screened at 150+ festivals worldwide and on television. Her most recent feature documentary, Back on Board: Greg Louganis was broadcast on HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award and Producers Guild of America award in 2016. The film gained critical and audience acclaim, screening at over 40 festivals worldwide and picking up eight awards. Back on Board was selected for the American Film Showcase, a program of the US State Department that brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries around the world offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.
In 2014 she was named to the OUT100—Out Magazine’s list of the most compelling LGBT people of the year. Her feature documentary, Sync or Swim (2008), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. It went on to screen at Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight and received numerous awards including a Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Her early short films include A Good Uplift (2003) a documentary about a Lower East Side corset shop and the LGBT film festival hit Bar Talk (2002) a comedy fiction film about women in bars who are too cool to talk to each other.
Furjanic has been teaching documentary production at New York University in the Culture & Media Program for nearly two decades. She has done freelance writing and consulting for NBC Universal, Comcast/Xfinity, and other media companies. Furjanic consults regularly for filmmakers on documentary development and educators about teaching filmmaking. She holds a BFA in Film & Television production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters from NYU/Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She has yet to attempt diving or synchronized swimming.