Dana Perry’s most recent film as producer, the Emmy-nominated documentary “Crisis Hotline: Veteran’s Press 1” (40:00) premiered on HBO on Veteran’s Day, 2013. The cinema-verite film is set in the only suicide call center dedicated solely to U.S veterans. Recently shortlisted for an Academy Award, Ms. Perry also received the 2014 Gracie Award (Women in Media) as outstanding producer.
Prior to that, she produced and directed the short documentary “Top Ten Monks” (30:00), about cloistered Austrian monks known for their Gregorian Chants. The monks won a Universal Music recording contract and the resulting CD, “Music for Paradise”, hit the top of the charts all over Europe. (HBO), 2010.
Ms. Perry was the producer/director of “Boy Interrupted”, a feature-length documentary about the bipolar illness and tragic suicide of her fifteen year-old son, Evan, in 2005. The film premiered in competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently aired on HBO. Festival screenings include Deauville, Vancouver, Sarasota, Newport, Big Sky and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, among many others.
“Boy Interrupted” has aired in over 30 countries and has received multiple awards from mental health associations. Ms. Perry has been honored as keynote speaker and participated in numerous panel discussions dedicated to understanding bipolar illness in conjunction with The Jed Foundation, Yale University, the American Psychiatric Association, Mt. Sinai Medical School, The Heinz Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, the Dave Nee Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. and Johns Hopkins.In 2008, she was the Executive Producer of the four-part documentary series “Sex: the Revolution” for VH1 and Sundance channel. Prior to that, she produced and directed "The Drug Years" (2006, episodes 3&4) with husband and partner Hart Perry (VH1/Sundance Channel). "The Drug Years," a four-hour documentary exploration of illicit drugs and popular culture, was nominated for two IDA awards, received a Cine Golden Eagle, the Telly Award , a Prism award nomination and the coveted High Times “Stony” award.
In 2004, she produced and directed "And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop", a five-hour documentary series for VH1, executive produced by Russell Simmons. "And You Don’t Stop" was exhibited at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It was awarded a Cine Golden Eagle, and nominated for an IDA award in the limited series category.
She is the producer/director/editor of the 1999 documentary special "Making A Noise: A Native American Musical Journey with Robbie Robertson", which aired on over 200 PBS stations nationwide.
In 1998, she produced the acclaimed four-hour documentary special "Motown 40: The Music is Forever" for ABC. With Hart Perry, she produced the five-hour music documentary series "VH1 Presents the 70’s" and directed two of the episodes; "The Sexes" and "Disco Explosion" (1996).
Other credits include the 9/11 show VH1 Remembers: The Concert for New York City (director – uncredited), City Arts – PBS, “Paramedics” – TLC, and Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project – 11 short films, permanent collection. Ms. Perry has also worked with musicians such as Peter Gabriel (“POV” - Grammy nomination), Aerosmith, Public Enemy, The Replacements, Yoko Ono, Paula Cole, AC/DC, Rita Marley, Alice Cooper and Cassandra Wilson.