Talent Guide

Shaleece Haas

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2015, Grants and Awards 2015


Shaleece Haas is an Oakland-based documentary filmmaker who has worked on the production teams of several short and feature-length documentaries for public television. Her current project, Real Boy, tells the coming-of-age story of a transgender teenager with dreams of musical stardom. Scheduled for release in 2016, Real Boy is supported by ITVS, Cal Humanities, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and the California Institute for Contemporary Arts. Haas is the co-producer of the 2013 documentary, The Genius of Marian, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on POV in 2014. Her 2010 documentary short, “Old People Driving,” premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival, was broadcast on the PBS NewsHour as part of the Economist Film Project and was selected for a 2012 fellowship with Working Films. In addition to her work as a director/producer, Haas freelances as a documentary camerawoman, teaches video storytelling for kdmcBerkeley and the New York Press Association, and heads the Submissions Team for the educational distribution co-op New Day Films. Prior to starting her career in documentary film, Haas worked as an editorial photographer and radio producer and was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, Story Corps. She is a graduate of the documentary film program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Current Project

Real Boy


Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager with musical aspirations, embarks on a journey to find his voice - as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man.