Nancy Savoca

A graduate of NYU’s noted Tisch School of the Arts, Savoca hit it out of the park when her first film, “True Love,” took the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. Born in the Bronx to Argentine and Sicilian immigrant parents, Savoca used her unique perspective on the world to comedic effect in her debut feature.

Together with husband and producing and writing partner Rich Guay, Savoca’s work foregrounds the female perspective and explores topics such as:

  • Unrequited love (“Dogfight”)
  • Three generations of Italian-American women (“Household Saints”)
  • Abortion (“If These Walls Could Talk”)
  • Working mothers (“The 24-Hour Woman”)
  • The work of people who are undocumented (“Dirt”)
  • Estranged sisters (“Union Square”).

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Director Nancy Savoca (center) on the set of her film "Dogfight,"1991. Actor River Phoenix is on the right. Photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes.

Her archive represents nearly three decades of genuine indie filmmaking and includes notes, notebooks, photos, and script drafts as well scripts for various unproduced work.

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Director Nancy Savoca, 2012. Photo courtesy of Indiewire.

Philip A Hallman

Film Studies Field Librarian