Carol Dysinger


"One Bullet"

Carol Dysinger directed the short documentary Learning to Skateboard In a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), which won both the OSCAR® for best short documentary and the BAFTA for best short. It also won best documentary short from IDA and at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.

Dysinger is also known for her feature length documentary Camp Victory, Afghanistan, compiled from 300+ hours of footage gathered over the course of five years. It premiered in competition at SXSW 2010, and played at the Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Funded by Sundance Doc Fund and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the film later appeared on Public Television.

Prior to directing docs, Dysinger edited many documentaries and features, including Deadline for Big Mouth Productions (Sundance, and NBC), Rain for Lola Films, M.Scorsese Executive Producer (Sundance, Venice International) Santitos for Springall Pix, John Sayles Exec (Sundance, Guadalajara, San Sebastian) and Punk (Warners) which was a finalist for a national Emmy®.

As a screenwriter in Los Angeles, she co-wrote several scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sam Goldwyn Productions, and A Christmas Star with Fred Gwyn and Ed Asner for Disney. She wrote several independent features Burntown for HBO Independent, and Fat Girls From Hell for Sheila Mclaughlin. Her dramatic short films screened widely and won several awards including the Student Academy Award® for Best Dramatic and the Hugo Award. She is the recipient of the David Payne Carter award for excellence in teaching from New York University where she teaches in the Graduate Film Department.

Dysinger was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently developing a semi-autobiographical interactive piece depicting her experience filming war.

She is a member of WGA West.

Participating Sessions

Film Screening: One Bullet

An Afghan mother and a US filmmaker, connected through one stray bullet, forge a surprising friendship amidst America’s longest war.

Out of Sight/Top of Mind: Covering War’s Forgotten Casualties

Within the multifaceted nature of any conflict, there exists both conspicuous and obscured narratives. Beyond the geopolitical protagonists lie the stories of everyday individuals entangled in warfare, grappling with the harrowing transformation of their forever-changed lives. In this panel discussion, we embark on an exploration of the hidden casualties of war and the profound implications of documenting their experiences through the lens of a camera. Delving into the dynamics of...