Liz Scherffius ’13

Favorite class: Peoples and Cultures of the Amazon

Favorite professor: Leda Martins, associate professor of anthropology

What keeps you busy now: Planning a historical recreations shoot in Europe and keeping my plants alive!

What is your dream job: Film director

What book is currently on your nightstand: The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar.

Best question to ask in an interview: What is your day-to-day like?

What do you miss most about Pitzer: The people and the beautiful desert landscaping!

What is your most memorable Pitzer moment: Creating the OA kayaking trip to Catalina Island and leading the maiden voyage with my friends. Thankfully, everyone came back in one piece!

Top networking tip: Approach it as an opportunity to learn about somebody else’s line of work and how they arrived where they are. They took the time to speak with you, so get to know them a little!

Where do you work/what is your title: I’m an associate producer at Ark Media, which is a documentary production company in Brooklyn, NY, that makes films and series for PBS and Netflix. I’m currently producing a documentary about food adulteration, human trials, and the founding of the FDA. I direct my own independent documentaries on the side. My most recent film is about a woman seeking sanctuary in a rural Colorado church and her fight for permanent residency, which premiered at the 2019 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, CO. 

What is your favorite part of your job: I’m a very curious person, so I really like interviewing people and getting a glimpse into their lives and experiences. Working to craft stories into visually compelling, and accurate, content is a creative aspect of the job that’s exciting to me. I love being a filmmaker because you have the opportunity to present diverse points of view that have the power to deepen understanding on some of the most important issues of our time.

How did you get into your current line of work: I was a staff writer on The Peel my senior year at Pitzer, and I worked as a foreign correspondent in South America my first few years after college. I pursued my master’s degree at the Columbia School of Journalism, where I ultimately made the switch from producing news to documentary film. 

Favorite quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

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Submitted May 2019