Whitney Dow is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He has has been producing and directing films focused on race and identity for almost two decades as a partner in Two Tone Productions. His directorial credits include documentaries broadcast on public television: Two Towns of Jasper (P.O.V); I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, Unfinished Country (Wide Angle); and When the Drum is Beating (Independent Lens). His credits as a producer include: Freedom Summer (History Channel); Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (Independent Lens), The Undocumented (Independent Lens), Toots (Menemsha Films/ Indiepix) and Among the Believers. His films have premiered at festivals ranging from Sundance to Tribeca and been broadcast on networks around the world. His his work has been recognized with: the George Foster Peabody Award; Alfred I. duPont Award; Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award; and the DukeUniversity Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award as well as many film festival honors.
Dow’s current focus is on the Whiteness Project, a story-based interactive project that examines how Americans who identify as “white” process their ethnicity. In 2014, Dow collaborated with public media’s POV to create a pilot entitled “Inside the White Caucasian Box,” an online carousel of 21 short interviews with white people from Buffalo, NY paired with secondary quantitative data. Dow is presently scaling the project to include the collection of 1,000 interviews from communities across the United States.
Dow teaches interactive storytelling in the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) MFA program at CUNY Hunter College and has lectured widely. He is a graduate of Columbia University.