Sybil DelGaudio

Sybil DelGaudio

Hofstra University
Interim Dean

School of Communication

Phone: (516) 463-5431
Fax: (516) 463-4866

Ph.D., Columbia University

Sybil DelGaudio teaches courses in both film studies and film production. Her particular areas of interest are animation, documentary and feminist theory and she has written articles on these and other subjects for journals and anthologies, including Film History, Jump Cut, Columbia Pictures: Portrait of A Studio, and The Dictionary of American Biography, among others. Her book, Dressing the Part: Sternberg, Dietrich and Costume, an investigation of costume signification in the films of Josef von Sternberg, was published in 1993.

Side-Kicks Productions
DelGaudio's own production work has combined an interest in animation scholarship with a passion for documentary, resulting in two projects she directed for public television, Animated Women (1995) and Independent Spirits: Faith Hubley/John Hubley (2001). Both films were produced by her company, Side-Kicks Productions in association with the Independent Television Service with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting


Animated Women, (
Animated Womena four-part series of half-hour programs on independent women animators, was broadcast on PBS stations around the country and on the BBC in Britain. It won awards at several festivals, including Sinking Creek, Columbus and the National Educational Film and Video Festival and was screened at many museums, among them Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery and the Walker Institute, among others. The series was also honored with an Emmy and a CINE Golden Eagle.

Independent  Spirits: Faith Hubley/John Hubley

Independent Spirits: the Faith and John Hubley Story


is a one-hour documentary on the lives and work of independent animation artists, Faith and John Hubley. Set within the context of six decades of American cultural history, the film looks at the careers of these Academy Award-winning animators, at their struggle to remain independent in a field that is largely commercial, and at their unique contributions to the development of animation as an art form. Since June, 2002, Independent Spirits has been broadcast on over eighty PBSaffiliates and was screened at the Robert Flaherty Seminar, the High Falls Film Festival, the USA Film Festival,the Provincetown Film Festival and the Mill Valley Festival. At the New Haven Film Festival, it won the "Audience Award" for Documentary and at the New York Expo, it won the Special Jury Prize. The film was also screened at festivals in Japan and Canada and is scheduled for several theatrical screenings in the fall of 2003.