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JOCELYN GLATZER - DIRECTOR / PRODUCER  

Jocelyn Glatzer is a documentary film director/producer with 25 years of experience in all aspects of production, distribution, outreach and marketing of social issue, arts and science documentaries. Glatzer recently completed FURSATO (Executive Producer), a film about the people living in a small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone who search for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or hometown, is an unsettling portrait of daily life amid an ongoing cataclysm, one with repercussions far beyond Japan’s shores. FURSATO won a Golden Dove in 2016 at Dok Leipzig after premiering at the Vienna International Film Festival this November.

Glatzer is best known for her internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated film MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (Producer) a cinema verite film about the first democratic elections in Iraq after the U.S. occupation. The film, directed by Laura Poitras (the first in her 9/11 Trilogy) was also nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy and an Independent Spirit Award. Glatzer’s first film (Director/Producer) THE FLUTE PLAYER, is about Arn Chorn-Pond, a survivor of Cambodia’s killing fields who works to heal himself and his country through music. THE FLUTE PLAYER was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Cultural Programming and Golden Cine Eagle, and won numerous awards including the Audience Award for Documentary First Film at SXSW. It has aired on Global Voices and the P.O.V. series in the U.S. and was represented by American Public Television for international sales. THE FLUTE PLAYER was supported primarily by The Sundance Documentary Fund, ITVS and The Center for Asian American Media.

 

In 2012 Glatzer produced SUN KISSED, which tells the story of a Navajo couple who explore the mystery of why their children were born with an extremely rare genetic disorder (aired on PBS after a festival tour - Los Angeles, Silver Docs, Margaret Mead). Previously, Glatzer produced and directed ART 2000, an intimate portrayal of Hillary Rodham Clinton as she navigates a private art auction that becomes her most successful New York Senatorial Race fundraiser. Glatzer also worked for Maysles Films on features and commercials and on the WNET-NY/Great Performances Series as Associate Producer on dance programs for Alvin Ailey, Royal Swedish Ballet, and Garth Fagan Dance.

 

Glatzer dedicates much of her time to independent films that give voice to to those who are not regularly represented in the mainstream media. She has worked on a dozen independent film projects including FAMILY NAME, Winner - Sundance Freedom of Expression of Award, where she created one of the first community engagement campaigns for a documentary film in collaboration with The Ford Foundation and AmDoc. In New York she worked as an editor, producer, writer, director and outreach and education coordinator - before moving to Boston where she won the New England Women in Film and Video Achievement Award. Her work has been funded by the the Sundance Documentary Fund, The Ford Foundation, ITVS, The LEF Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Roy W. Dean Fund among others.