As director of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, Sarah Wolozin develops and oversees lab projects, operations, and partnerships with leading media organizations. She is the founder and editorial director of Docubase, an online curated database of the people, projects and technologies transforming documentary in the digital age. Together with Tribeca Film Institute, she launched the Media Impact Initiative and with the Sundance Institute she launched the Creating Critics Program, a partnership with Indiewire, Sundance and MIT to bring MIT students to Sundance Film festival annually to write about the New Frontier exhibition. She helped develop and produce Moments of Innovation: When Documentary and Technology Converge, a collaboration with IDFA Doclab. She is currently co-authoring a report on the intersection of interactive documentary and digital journalism.
Sarah has always had an interest in exploring new platforms and technologies for storytelling and social change. Before coming to MIT, she produced documentaries and educational media for a wide variety of media outlets including PBS, Learning Channel, History Channel, NPR, websites and museums. She received her training from Blackside, Inc. makers of the multiple Emmy award-winning, Eyes on The Prize, a PBS series about the civil rights movement. She went on to work on the Peabody award-winning series, I’ll Make Me A World: The History of African-American Arts. She started experimenting with the web back in the early stages of its public use and in 1996 created and produced an 8-week interactive web series based on a comic book character. She has sat on numerous committees and juries such as Tribeca New Media Fund, the IFP Media Center, Puma Impact Award, and World Press Photo. She has presented at Sundance, SXSW, Storycode, MIT, DocMontevideo and many other venues. Sarah holds a BA in History from Barnard College, Columbia University and speaks fluent Italian.