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Deborah Scranton

The War Tapes

Director Deborah Scranton made her feature film directorial debut with the award winning *The War Tapes*, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Documentary Feature. *The War Tapes* grew out of her locally acclaimed World War II television documentary, *Stories From Silence, Witness to War* and her own commitment to using new technologies to give people power in creating their own media, and tell their own stories. Declining an offer in 2004 from the New Hampshire National Guard to embed herself as a filmmaker in Iraq, Scranton instead gave the soldiers cameras and trained them as cinematographers. Scranton directed *The War Tapes* using email and near-perpetual instant messaging with the Soldiers with Cameras to answer questions, share techniques, and explore stories with the soldiers as they filmed their very personal experiences. Scranton started her career in journalism freelancing for ESPN, CBS Sports, ABC Sports, MTV Networks, USA Networks and The Outdoor Life Network, covering a variety of world-renowned events including the Tour de France, the Winter Olympics, Davis Cup, U.S. Open Tennis and Alpine World Cup Skiing. Scranton also was a special assignment reporter for The Outdoor Life Network and the ABC and FOX affiliates in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Semiotics. A former member of the U.S. Ski Team, Scranton resides on her family's farm in the mountains of New Hampshire.