Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss founded Jezebel Productions as a nonprofit organization in 1984 and continue to be the driving force behind the award-winning women’s production company.
“Schiller and Weiss have built an amazing record. What gifts these wild and iconoclastic women have given us.” — Catharine R. Stimpson, Dean Emerita, New York University and founder of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Greta Schiller is an award-winning independent producer/director of documentary films and the co-founder of Jezebel Productions, a women’s nonprofit production company since 1984. Over the first three decades of her career, her work focused on unearthing lost histories of marginalized groups and writing their experiences into the cultural narrative. For her films Before Stonewall, International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin’ Women, Paris Was a Woman, and The Man Who Drove with Mandela, among others, she has received two Emmy Awards, the first US/UK Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Film, Audience Awards for Best Film at numerous festivals from Berlin to Paris to Seattle, and artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts.
With these classic documentary films now screening in retrospectives around the world, Greta has turned her attention to films about science, society and the environment. Her current film in production, Vulture Boulevard, supported in part by a Global Fulbright Award, is intended for theatrical release and tells a tale of epic proportions set in an ecological reserve on the Spanish/Portuguese border. Greta is based in NYC and holds dual UK/USA citizenship. read more
Watch Greta Schiller discuss her film Before Stonewall at the Teddy Awards of the Berlin Film Festival, 2016.
Andrea Weiss, Director
Andrea Weiss is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and nonfiction author. Her books include Paris Was A Woman (Harper Collins, 1995; Counterpoint Press, 2013), Vampires And Violets (Penguin, 1993), and In The Shadow Of The Magic Mountain: The Erika And Klaus Mann Story (University of Chicago Press, 2008). They have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Korean, Swedish, Japanese, and Croatian.
Andrea is the writer/director of Bones of Contention, a feature documentary delving into the historical memory movement in Spain and the unknown story of LGBT repression under the Franco dictatorship. Bones of Contention premiered in the Berlin Film Festival and is currently on the film festival circuit around the world. She is also co-writer/director of Escape To Life, a feature documentary about the lives of Erika and Klaus Mann which premiered in the Rotterdam Film Festival followed by a wide European theatrical and television release. Her other film credits include U.N. Fever, Recall Florida, I Live At Ground Zero, Seed Of Sarah, Paris Was A Woman, A Bit Of Scarlet, Before Stonewall (for which she won an Emmy Award), International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, and Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin’ Women.
Weiss has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts as well as a U.S./Spain Fulbright Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo Artist Colony (upstate New York), Banff Center for the Arts (Canada), D.A.A.D. (Berlin), Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida), and BigCi (Australia). She holds a Ph.D. in History, and co-directs the MFA Program in Film at the City College of New York.