An award-winning filmmaker, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman's 2012 Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song Hava Nagila as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture and spirituality. Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Grossman's 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won the audience award at 13 Jewish film festivals.
"Roberta Grossman's films demonstrate the way in which good documentarians are often first-rate anthropologists and historians. With her proven filmmaking skills and the impressive panel of scholars she has brought together to advise her, I’m sure she will make a beautiful, accurate and important film about the Oyneg Shabes Archive."
Grossman recently completed directing Above and Beyond, for producer Nancy Spielberg, about the American-Jewish WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel's War of Independence. She also produced Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning which aired on PBS/American Masters in August 2014. Grossman was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Her film Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, aired on PBS in 2005.