John Scott

John Scott

Associate Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies
Faculty, Television-Radio
Faculty, Documentary Studies and Production

Specialty:documentary and fiction production
Phone:(607) 274-1710
Office:363 Roy H Park Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

The Bio goes like this:

Scott has won eleven awards and multiple glowing reviews and distinctions as an independent filmmaker and television producer. He has directed fourteen independent projects including one feature-length documentary called Scouts Are Cancelled. Scouts debuted at the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival in Toronto in 2007 and has aired multiple times on the Documentary Channel in Canada. Before becoming a professor, Scott worked as field producer at The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) with a consumer and media advocacy show for teens called Street Cents.


            MFA Film and Video Production, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1999.

            BA Honours English, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1992.

            BFA Film Production, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1990.


Rex Tasker Documentary Award, one thousand dollar award for Best Atlantic Documentary, at The Atlantic Film Festival, 2007 for Scouts Are Cancelled.

Top Jury Award for documentary at The University Film and Video Association’s annual Juried Screenings, 2007, for Scouts Are Cancelled.

Short-listed (but not chosen) as one of Canada’s Top Ten Feature Length Movies by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2007, Scouts Are Cancelled.

Hot Pick at The Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, Scouts Are Cancelled.

Insider Pick at The Atlantic Film Festival, 2007, Scouts Are Cancelled.

Critic’s Choice, for the following publications: The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Now (Weekly),, Scouts Are Cancelled.

Audience Choice Award Best Documentary, The Denver Underground Film Festival, 2003 for Dear Pam.

Jury Award Winner, The New York Film and Video Expo, 2003, for Dear Pam.

Juror’s Citation, The Iowa City International Documentary Festival, 2004, for Dear Pam.

Third Prize in the Independent Documentary Category, The Canadian Annual Independent Film and Video Festival, 2003 for Dear Pam.

Best of The Festival Screening, Boston Cyberarts Festival, 2003 for Dear Pam.

Nominated for Canada’s Golden Sheaf Award for “Best Documentary: Short Subject” at The Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, 2004 for Dear Pam.

National Gallery of Art Screening 2003: Dear Pam was one of eight documentaries chosen to represent Canada’s New Canadian Documentaries at The National Gallery of Art in DC.  Opened screening series.

Director’s Choice Award, The Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 1999, for Almanac.

Special Jury Award, THAW 98: International Festival of Film, Video and Digital Arts, Iowa City, IA, for the film Almanac.

Best of Festival Selection Screening, Almanac screened on PBS affiliate in three year retrospective of the best of The Double Take Documentary Festival, 2001.

Honorable Mention, 1998, Hardacre Film Festival, Tipton, IA, for Almanac.

Gemini Award (shared with many) Best Youth Series, 1994, as one of the Field Producers with Street Cents, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Production, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Linda Joy Busby Media Arts Foundation Medallion/PFA Award, one thousand dollars in lab services, won at The Atlantic Film Festival, 1994 as the Director/Producer of Passing Through.