Muffie Meyer was born in New York City and raised in Chicago. A literature and Medieval history student in college, she returned to attend New York University’s film school in 1967. She moved quickly from her first job mimeographing scripts to film editing. Her early credits include The Lords of Flatbush, starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, and Groove Tube, starring Chevy Chase, a film precursor to “Saturday Night Live.” Meyer co-directed Grey Gardens with the pioneering cinema verite documentarians David and Albert Maysles, and Ellen Hovde. She also co-edited the film with Ellen Hovde. Part of her gift for creating gripping cinema like The Crash of ’29 and Liberty! The American Revolution reflects her own broad-ranging interests. A self-described “intellectual dilettante,” she is an avid reader of scientific and medical journals, history books, and detective novels. Meyer is married to Ronald Blumer. They have a daughter, Emma, and live in New York City.
Ronald Blumer has written/produced/or co-produced eighty documentary films, including three series with Bill Moyers, Creativity, A Walk Through the Twentieth Century and The U.S. Constitution. For PBS, he has written & co-produced the six-part series, Liberty! The American Revolution a three-part miniseries on the life of Benjamin Franklin and American Photography, A Century of Images and he co-wrote an episode of Ric Burns’ New York. He has written a program on the 1929 stock market crash for The American Experience, and in the PBS series Dancing and Discovering Women, the Turner Broadcasting series Portrait of America, a one hour dramatic film, Empire of Reason, on the ratification of the Constitution, and the Audio Cassette version of Iaccoca for Bantam Books. His script for the National Film Board’s Paperland, The Bureaucrat Observed won the Canadian Film Academy’s award for best non-fiction script. He wrote treatments for a six hour dramatic series on the life of Prime Minister Mackenzie King for the CBC-TV and for PBS’ four-hour special on the life of Lyndon Johnson.
He worked on the design and scripted interactive exhibits for the new National Constitution Center in Philadelphia as well as interactive exhibits for the “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” now touring the country. He wrote a NOVA episode on the re-encasement of the founding documents (a short version which is currently showing to all visitors to the National Archives in Washington) and a film on the Mariinsky/Kirov opera & ballet, The Sacred Stage which premiered in 2005 year at the Kennedy Center. In 2006 he wrote the two part PBS series The New Medicine and the companion book for this series and is currently working on PBS series on the life of Alexander Hamilton. His work has received thirty major awards including four Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody.
A U.S. citizen, born in Montreal, Canada he received a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in 1964, a Masters degree in Film Production from Boston University in 1967 and was in the PH.D Communications program at McGill University where he was John Grierson’s assistant. (Grierson coined the word “documentary film.”)
Ronald Blumer worked for the National Film Board of Canada. In 1975 he ran a Workshop on Baffin Island in Canada’s Northwest Territories teaching Inuit the techniques of Television Production. In 1978, as part of a Canadian Government aid project, he set up and trained filmmakers in video production techniques in Tunisia.
As a writer/journalist Ronald Blumer was Contributing Editor of the film magazines Take One, and Cinema Canada from. He was also film critic on for the CBC. His articles have been anthologized in a variety of books and publications including film program notes for the Museum of Modern Art. He has written a book on the film director Donald Brittain. He taught “Documentary Film Research and Writing” at New York University’s Film School.
Web site: www.rblumer.com