Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss

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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, Director
Greta Schiller is an independent director and producer of documentaries for television, festivals, theatrical and educational distribution. All Movie Guide writes “Director Greta Schiller has traveled the world making extensively researched and highly informative films”. Her career was launched in 1984 with the theatrical release and PBS broadcast of her first feature documentary film, Before Stonewall. The film premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival and was showcased in over 75 film festivals worldwide. Now considered a classic, Before Stonewall won two Emmy Awards. Time Out, London, called it: “A near perfect blend of personal story and historical archive”.
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Andrea Weiss, Director
06_11_14_CCN_WEISS03Andrea 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 co-writer/director of Escape To Life, a feature documentary about the lives of Erika and Klaus Mann which premiered in the 2001 Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals 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.
Visit Andrea’s personal web page.


Our Board of Directors: Amy Chin, Aiyoung Choi, Greta Schiller, Isabella Schiller, and Andrea Weiss.


If you are a film researcher or scholar looking for more information about Jezebel Productions, the films we’ve produced, the original research we did in the process, or the history of the nonprofit organization, there are several archives you can contact.

To purchase archival footage and outtakes from our films: visit Oddball Films

The research materials for our films and our papers pertaining to the history of the organization are held at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, Northampton MA.

The master materials for our films (16mm and 35mm film negatives, sound mixes etc) are held in various film archives around the world including the Legacy Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, The Museum of Modern Art NYC, and the National Film Archive of the British Film Institute.


Greta Schiller is available to offer Master Classes on her award-winning films and her independent filmmaking career spanning four decades.  She can also give talks on such subjects as:

Documentary Film Production from Soup to Nuts

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Social Issue Documentary: Making Films that Make a Difference

Just a few of the many places she has presented Master Classes:

Oberlin College, New York University, The City College of New York, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Alabama, the National Film and Television School of Great Britain, the Maine Media Workshops, and the Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC/Barcelona).

For more information, contact Greta at info@jezebelproductions.org

The work of Jezebel Productions has been supported by:

  • Arte (French/German television)
  • Arts Council of England
  • Astraea Foundation
  • Banff Center for the Arts
  • Black Entertainment Television
  • Channel Four Television, UK
  • Corporation for Public Television
  • D.A.A.D. Berlin Artist Program
  • Hamburg Film Fund
  • Independent Television Service (ITVS)
  • Jerome Foundation
  • London Production Fund
  • Media Fund of the European Union
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New York Council for the Humanities
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • Nipkow Fellowship, Berlin
  • Oxygen Media
  • Paul Robeson Fund
  • PSC CUNY Research Grant
  • Puffin Foundation
  • Rachel Carson Fellowship, Munich
  • Suffolk County Film Commission
  • Sundance Channel
  • U.S./Spain Fulbright Commission
  • U.S./U.K. Fulbright Commission

and many, many individuals. Thank you to all of the above.