Nancy Buirski, director of the new documentary “Afternoon of a Faun,” on the life of Tanaquil Le Clercq, struck down at the height of her career.
Prior to Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Nancy Buirski was the Director, Producer and Writer of the Emmy Award-winning The Loving Story (2011) (HBO). The film was a recipient of a coveted Peabody Award as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was on the shortlist for the 2011 Academy Awards and was selected for Sundance’s Film Forward, the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, and has screened at the White House. It was awarded the WGA Award for Best Screenplay at Silverdocs among numerous other awards. Buirski will next direct Endangered, a live-action and animated narrative based on Eliot Schrefer’s award-winning book of the same title. Buirski founded and was the Director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival for 10 years. Prior to her work in film, she was the Foreign Picture Editor at The New York Times, garnering the paper its first Pulitzer Prize in photography. Her photo book Earth Angels: Migrant Children in America was published by Pomegranate Press. Prints from the collection were exhibited at the Smithsonian and traveled throughout the U.S.