About Me

Portrait of Shaleece Haas, filmmaker - woman with brown curly hair sitting in a chair against a white backdrop

I am a queer documentary filmmaker and educator based in Oakland, CA.

Most recently, I produced and directed Real Boy, the story of a young songwriter whose gender transition forces those closest to him to undergo their own profound transformations. Real Boy is currently screening at festivals around the world and will have a national public television broadcast in 2017.

I am the series producer for The Genius of Caring, a collection of interactive short films about family caregivers. The project emerged out of the 2013 documentary The Genius of Marian, which I co-produced.  The Genius of Marian premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ POV. My first documentary, a short called Old People Driving, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and was broadcast on the PBS News Hour as part of the Economist Film Project.

In addition to my work as a filmmaker, I teach video storytelling at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, and the NY Press Association.

I am a 2015 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a 2012 Working Films (Reel Aging) fellow, and a 2010 Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow. Prior to working in documentary film, I had a brief career as an editorial photographer and radio producer. My favorite job ever was as a founding staff member of the national oral history project, StoryCorps.

I’m a proud graduate of the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.