Karen Pritzker is a film producer, editor, and writer. She has executive produced three documentary feature films: The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Paper Tigers, and Resilience. Her first documentary, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, was a winner of a Parents’ Choice Award and serves as a high-quality educational tool for educators, students, and parents. The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia aired on HBO in the fall of 2013 and has been screened more than 6,000 times globally. It serves as a positive starting point for conversation and change, spurring social advocacy, policy modifications, expanded teacher education, and increased hopefulness. In 2015, Pritzker examined the positive impact of trauma-informed communities through her second documentary, Paper Tigers, which takes an intimate look into the lives of five students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Resilience, Pritzker’s third documentary with James Redford, premiered to sold-out crowds at Sundance in 2016 and is currently screening at festivals and national conferences. Resilience explores the science of stress and the biology of hope as it chronicles the dawn of a new movement led by trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare who are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress.
In addition to her film credits, Pritzker cofounded the award-winning My Hero Project, an interactive website for kids that is devoted to telling the stories of ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. She also edited My Hero: Extraordinary People on the Heroes Who Inspire Them (Simon & Schuster) as well as “Profiles in Dyslexia,” featuring the untold stories of successful dyslexics from all walks of life. Pritzker founded and serves as president of Seedlings Foundation, through which she both supports and develops educational programs for teachers, parents, and young people.