Fenell Doremus has worked in documentary film since graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Sociology. She began her career as an Assistant Editor on the award-winning Hoop Dreams. She went on to serve as staff Producer at Kartemquin Films for the next eight years. While at Kartmequin, Doremus was Segment Producer and a Segment Editor (Palestinian story) of The New Americans. Hailed as “Totally engrossing…filled with many unexpected riches…” by The New York Times, the series was nationally broadcast on PBS in 2004 and won multiple awards at festivals worldwide.
She has Produced and Edited segments for the Emmy Award winning regional PBS series ArtBeat. In 2001 ArtBeat aired a show devoted entirely to A Year On Teen Street, her documentary following a teen theater group for a year. She has worked as field producer and coordinating producer for Hedrick Smith Productions (PBS series Seeking Solutions), Kartemquin Films (5 Girls, 2001 PBS), and The Kindling Group (The Calling, 2011 PBS).
Doremus is the co-producer of Cooked: Survival By Zip Code, directed by acclaimed Peabody award-winner, Judith Helfand. The feature-length documentary, a precautionary tale about heat, poverty and the politics of disaster aired on PBS’ Independent Lens series in 2014.