Talent Guide

Susan Saladoff

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2014


Susan Saladoff spent twenty-five years practicing law in the civil justice system. She stopped practicing law in 2009 to make the documentary, Hot Coffee, her first feature-length film. Hot Coffee had its World Premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to dozens of festivals in the US and around the world. Hot Coffee won the Grand Jury Prize-Best Documentary at 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Best Juried Doc, 2011 Gasparilla International Film Festival, “The Documentary Everyone in America Should See” Award, Traverse City Film Festival, and Best Feature Award for 2011 at Duke City Docfest. The film also won the prestigious Television Academy Honors 2012 (presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) for “Television with a Conscience – television programming that inspires, informs, motivates and even has the power to change lives.”

Hot Coffee had its television premiere on HBO on June 27, 2011, and aired for two years. It also broadcast on television in over twenty countries. It is being digitally distributed by Cinedigm, and available on DVD, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. It is in over 1000 libraries and being shown in law schools, universities and high schools. The Washington Post called Hot Coffee a “stunning debut…” and “sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way.” The Hollywood Reporter exclaimed the film, “entertaining, informative,” and “vividly illuminating.”

Susan is serving as producer on the narrative adaptation of her documentary. The Untitled Oliver Diaz Project is slated for production in late 2014.

Current Project

Oliver Diaz


In the early paranoid years of the Bush Administration, a respected Mississippi Supreme Court Justice and his wife are wrongfully accused of corruption. They struggle to maintain their place in a community that is being covertly undermined by the Federal Government and the business interests supporting it.