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Patricia Giniger Snyder 

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I was born in New York City, moved to New Jersey when I was two, and to Atlanta, Georgia at 13. When I was 18, I was elected International President of B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG). I received my BA in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and went to Washington, DC, where Adam and I met working in the U.S. House of Representatives. When we got married, we returned our wedding gifts for cash, and went to Europe for five months, and across the U.S. for another four. When we were in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park we said, “Let's do New York.”

In NYC, I worked at the PBS station, WNET-TV, where I learned video and film production. Soon I became an independent video producer, director, writer and editor. Here are a few samples of my work (for more, visit

  • Silent Pioneers. Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentary about elderly lesbians and gay men (1985). Broadcast nationally in the U.S. on PBS and television around the world.

  • Reentry to the World from Prison. A look into the help that's out there for men and women seeking jobs and new lives after being released from prison (2017).

  • Caring for Cambodia - 15th Anniversary Tribute. Caring for Cambodia (CFC) is a nonprofit organization created to bring high quality education to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Fifteen years later there are 21 CFC schools – from preschool to high school, changing the lives of students, their families and their communities (2018).

Projects have taken us all over the U.S. and the world. We lived in Spain for 15 months before kids (I taught film at the University of Barcelona), and for 4 months (when I was producing a documentary). But soon we had two kids and a mortgage, and although we traveled as a family, we became tethered by life’s responsibilities, including being there for our aging parents.


I’ve wanted to be “untethered” and “on the road” for as long as I can remember. It’s in my blood. My dad was a traveling salesman and when he left each week in his Ford Country Squire station wagon, I’d watch him from our small bay window thinking, “Take me too!” The "wunderlust" has always been whispering in my ear, and at long last, am following it.

Meet Adam

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