Greta Schiller, Director

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 1985. 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. Currently she is directing The Five Demands, a feature documentary on the 1969 student takeover of The City College of New York, produced with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her past work includes such international favorites as: Before Stonewall (1984 Emmy Award, 2019 National Film Registry), International Sweethearts of Rhythm (PBS, 1986 Best Doc, Philadelphia Film Festival), Paris Was a Woman (1995 Audience Award Winner, Berlinale), and The Man Who Drove with Mandela (PBS, 1998 Best Documentary at Berlinale). Her films have screened at the most prestigious international film festivals over the last 35 years, making her one of the most respected, longest-producing independent filmmakers of her generation.

In recent years, Greta has focused her attention on films about science, society and the environment. She produced No Dinosaurs in Heaven, an essay film about Creationists earning science degrees in order to sneak the teaching of religion into American public schools, and The Marion Lake Story, which follows the largest community-run ecological restoration project in New York State. Her most recent production, The Land of Azaba, supported in part by a Global Fulbright Award, tells a tale of epic proportions set in an ecological reserve on the Spanish/Portuguese border.

Watch Greta Schiller discuss her film Before Stonewall at the Teddy Awards of the Berlin Film Festival, 2016.

Master Class

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
- The Art of the Interview
- 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