Born in Manhattan, filmmaker Jane Weiner grew up in the Arizona desert where she obtained her photojournalist press pass at 17 years old from the American Society of Magazine Photographers. After studying Biology and American History she finally majored in English Literature and Cinema at San Francisco State University. She left California in 1972 to begin shooting a documentary with her mentor, filmmaker Richard Leacock at M.I.T. For the next few years, she worked with non-profit groups providing film-photography-video workshops to children in inner-city and rural communities and was an Artist-in-Residence with the National Endowment of the Arts’ Artist-in-the-Schools Program at multiple sites in South Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Greenwich, Connecticut. She was a member of faculty at the New School’s Graduate Media Studies program in New York (1982-91) and Associate Professor at Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University (2002-04). She has served on international film festival juries and leads film production workshops in the USA, Europe, North Africa and Asia.
Since 1992, dividing her time between the U.S. and France, she’s authored, directed, produced and co-produced a number of award-winning of international films on both sides of the Atlantic.
A CAMERA THAT GOES ANYWHERE – The Legacy of American Documentary Cinema (2015) Festival and educational distribution –A one-hour behind-the-scenes story tracing the creation of cinéma-vérité documentary films in the 1950-60s with filmmakers Richard Leacock, Robert Drew, Terry Macartney-Filgate, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles. Festival screenings: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain [Vimeo Password: Primary 1960]
AGRICULTURE BIO, CULTIVER L’AVENIR ? [What is the future of Organic Farming?] (2014) ARTE France –An 86-min reportage on economic risks of farmers, beekeepers, and wine makers in Burgundy, some are greatly committed (others, less so) to organic methods . Festival screenings & Awards: Grand prix Environmental Film-Festival du film documentaire de politiques publiques, Paris; Festival Caméras des champs, Ville-sur-Yron; Festival du Cinéma et Ruralité, Nannay; Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbevillle; Festival Ecofilm, Verouillet; APARR-Association des professionnels du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté/Community Screenings
RICKY on LEACOCK (2012) LEF Foundation-NEA-NYSCA-Kickstarter USA –A 90-minute cinematic conversation (filmed over 35 years) with Richard Leacock, a founding father of documentary cinema vérité. Festivals screenings & Awards: Telluride USA; Flaherty USA; DOC-NYC USA; It’s All True Brazil; Special Mention at Biografilm Italy; Mill Valley USA; DOKFest Kassel, Germany; IDA DocuWeek LA & NYC, USA; Syracuse USA; Starz-Denver USA; Dok.Fest Munich, Germany; DocYard USA; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; Cinéma Vérité Festival, Tehran; World Documentary Awards-Official Selection Laurel. [Vimeo password: CINEMA VERITE]
LA CAMÉRA PASSE-PARTOUT – L’héritage du cinéma documentaire (2011) Ciné+ France –French version of A CAMERA THAT GOES ANYWHERE (above) Festival screenings: Cinéma du réel France; Cinequest, USA
AGENT ORANGE-Une guerre sans fin (2006) FRANCE 5/SBS Australia/IKON Holland –A 75-minute insider’s look at how a few lawyers take on a lawsuit representing millions of victims challenging the 37 corporations that made chemicals used in the Vietnam War.
LET OP! ZAKKENROLLERS [Beware of Pickpockets!] (2000) ZDF-ARTE Germany-France/NCRV Holland -A 60-min essay on the plague of pickpockets targeting tourists in Holland.
LE NUMÉRIQUE [The Digital Revolution] (1998) FRANCE 5 –52 minutes (4x13mins) young people explaining what the digital revolution actually is for an educational series targeting audiences made up of kids and grandparents, Allo la Terre.
CAROLINE (par Giacometti) (1995) SVT Sweden/PARIS PREMIÈRE France-CPB USA/European Broadcasting Union –A 5-min documentary with Alberto Giacometti’s muse-mistress including her own personal (never-before-seen) photos documenting her life together with the artist. Named ‘Best’ of the EBU-Arts series, WHO IS SHE? [Vimeo Password: Giacometti]
L’AGE D’OR DE PETIT PORTRAIT [The Golden Age of the Tiny Portrait] (Louvre), LE RÉOUVERTURE [The Reopening] (Jacquemart-André), LA CHÂSSE DE NIVELLES-TRÉSOR GOTHIQUE (Cluny) (1994) PARIS PREMIÈRE France –Three 15-min ‘creative’ reportages on museum and exhibition openings for the weekly series, Aux arts etcetera.
SEEN ELSEWHERE and YOUNG DIRECTORS (1992) Arts & Entertainment Revue USA –Two one-hour programs on international television and the first works by great directors
ALCANCIA FAMILIAR [Family Piggybank] and ¿ES ESTA PESTE PORCINA AFRICANA? [Identifying African Swine Fever] (1979) United Nations F.A.O. –Two half-hours on the outbreak of the highly contagious virus, African Swine Fever in Haiti and the Dominican Republic; one film for veterinarians to identify the malady in pigs, the other film for the community to understand how to control the spread of the disease. Released in cinemas throughout Latin America.
7th STREET DEPOT (1972) –16mm film B&W experimental 5-min short of young girl’s first arrival in the big city.
LE MYSTÈRE DE LA DISPARITION DES ABEILLES [The Mysterious Disappearance of Bees] by Mark Daniels (2010) ARTE France/SBS Australia/CBC Canada –A 90-minute scientific investigation into the disappearance of bees. The TV broadcast garnered largest audience of any documentary on ARTE that year. Festival screenings & Awards: Pariscience France; L’Etoile SCAM France
PRODUCER / CO-PRODUCER / ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
RAVI SHANKAR–Between Two Worlds by Mark Kidel (2001) NHK Japan/ARTE France/NHK Norway/BBC London –A 90-minute portrait of the Indian sitar player and composer. Festival screenings & Awards: Telluride USA; FIPA Palme d’Argent, France; UNESCO Best Film; San Francisco Int’l USA; etc.
W.I.S.O.R-Robo-Welder by Michel Negroponte (2000) ZDF-ARTE Germany-France –A 90-minute experimental documentary about the creation of a space-age robot built to examine and repair NYC’s underground steam-pipe system.
HOME PAGE by Doug Block (1999) HBO USA/ZDF-ARTE Germany –A feature-length documentary about Justin Hall’s college adventures and painful mis-adventures while living and blogging in cyberspace. Cinema re-release February 2019.
PAIN IS… by Stephan Dwoskin (1998) La Fondation de France/ZDF-ARTE Germany –An 80-minute experimental documentary essay about how each of us perceives and processes pain. Festival screenings & Awards: Grand Prix at Vue sur les Docs in Marseille, France plus screenings at 10 other international film festivals.
NO ACCIDENT by Michel Negroponte (1995) ZDF-ARTE Germany/ALIVE TV PBS –In a 26-minute experimental essay with poet and avant-garde legend, John Giorno as he takes the audience on an impressionistic tour of the underworld of the New York City subway.
DEATH BY DESIGN by Peter Friedman & Jean-François Brunet (1995) ZDF-ARTE Germany/ITVS-PBS –A feature-length essay on Apoptosis or ‘programmed cell death’. Festival screenings & Awards: Prix Europa, Berlin; San Francisco Golden Gate Award, USA; Jury Prize-Visions de Réel, Switzerland; etc.
DERNIÈRE NOUVELLE DE… [Latest News from…] (1994-95) co-produced with Patrice Barrat (Point du Jour, Paris) 13 episodes on TRANSIT ARTE Strasbourg, France -Personal stories told in ‘cinéma-direct’ style to journalists in ‘hot-spots’ around the world for a weekly current events show.
JUPITER’S WIFE by Michel Negroponte (1994) HBO/ITVS-PBS/BBC London –An intensely personal, warm and funny, feature-length portrait of a homeless woman living in Central Park, NYC. Festival screenings & Awards: Sundance Grand Jury Prize USA; EMMY Award USA; Santa Barbara USA; Vancouver Canada; Lussas France; etc.
SILVERLAKE LIFE-The View from Here by Tom Joslin & Peter Friedman (1993) Channel 4 London/ZDF ARTE Germany/POV-PBS –A feature-length video-diary documentary about living with and dying from HIV-AIDS. Festival screenings & Awards: Sundance Grand Jury Prize USA; L.A. Critics USA; Prix Italia Rome; Peabody USA; IDA USA; Berlin Film Festival Teddy Award; INPUT’96 Mexico, etc. In 2008, selected at IDFA-Amsterdam as one of ‘the best documentaries of our time.’ In 2018, special screenings at Lincoln Center, New York and the British Film Institute, London.
I’M YOUR TYPICAL QUARTER by Mark Ritts (1988) PBS-SESAME STREET –A musical story for kids about how money flows through the economy. Immensely popular, it was re-broadcast 36 times i.e., twice a year for 18 years.
SHARKEY’S DAY by Laurie Anderson (1984) PBS-ALIVE-FROM-OFF-CENTER –An experimental blue-screen video in permanent museum collections at MoMA NYC and the Chicago Art Institute. Festival screenings: INPUT’84 France
DIRECTOR-PRODUCER (1975-1999) on CORPORATE FILMS AND MULTI-MEDIA: American Express, Seagram’s, Oldsmobile, CPC International, AT&T, Bell Labs, GTE, Corning International (photochromic lenses), Price-Waterhouse, Lederle Pharmaceutical, Upjohn, Syntex, Becton-Dickinson, Schering-Plough, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Chase Manhattan, Chemical Bank, IBM, etc.
Brewster Pond Productions
Brewster Pond Productions LLC was formed in 2018 for the production of a multi-platform documentary project on the worldwide Myopia Epidemic.