Bio

Betsy is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker. Her producing and directing credits include interviews with activists working for progressive change for the MOBILIZE Podcast; videos for the campaign of New York State Senate candidate Alessandra Biaggi, and for the websites of Code Liberation Foundation and the Working Families Party; and video letters for the popular Nickelodeon television show, BLUE’S CLUES. Her documentary feature FLAT DADDY, which looks at the impact of the war in Iraq on four military families from around the United States, premiered at DOC NYC in 2011. The film screened at the Maine International, Atlanta, and Montclair Film Festivals, was awarded Best Educational Film at the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival, was broadcast on PBS America and now streams on demand. Her work as a digital video editor includes social media pieces for the Wake Up & Vote Creative Consortium, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Dodo, Swing Left, the New York Women’s Foundation, the campaign of Lauren Underwood for Congress, and Carnegie Hall’s LinkUP! Series, and fundraising trailers for documentaries on the crash of TWA Flight 800, the gubernatorial campaign of Zephyr Teachout, and the Epic Theater Company, an NYC-based organization that works with performers on the autism spectrum. Betsy received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her MFA from the Graduate Film Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

In 2014, Betsy and partner Damon Holzborn formed Rustle Works, a studio that develops interactive tools and toys for creative people, including the Twitter bot @jerrybotheimer, which generates pitches for Hollywood blockbusters, and an interactive story game on media ethics for the website of the textbook “Think/Point/Shoot: Media Ethics, Technology, and Global Change.” She is currently working on a web-based interactive documentary about her diverse community of Ditmas Park.