Amy Finkel is a designer, photographer, documentary filmmaker, and writer. She is the founder and creative director of Sailor Beware, L.L.C., an agency that specializes in web design and video work. Her video work has appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, The History Channel and PBS. She is an instructor at both NYU and Parsons School of Design, where she teaches classes in web design, documentary film making, and new media. Amy served as a judge for the feature-length documentary division for IDA’s 2009 Documentary Achievement Awards. She has also been a judge for New York Festivals, in their TV documentary division.
Amy holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, where she concentrated on Broadcast, Motion, and Interactive Design, as well as a BA in Theater from Connecticut College. She also studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, having been awarded a full scholarship.
In 2004, Amy made a documentary about four-string jazz banjo culture entitled Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart: The Banjomaniacs of Guthrie, which was screened at numerous film festivals, and was nominated that year for the prestigious Pare Lorentz Award by the International Documentary Association.
Amy also, along with her brother, runs These Creatures, a metal studio that designs and manufactures sustainable steel products for pets and humans. She is also a record collector and is thrilled to have recently finished her year long "record a day" project
A native of Seattle, Amy lives in Brooklyn, NY.