Filmmakers Ashur, Jacobs, Herman

Filmmakers Ashur, Jacobs, Herman

An Evening with Documentary Film Producers and their Films
March 13, 1974

Peter Herman was an MIT faculty member in Humanities.

Geraldine “Geri” Ashur (1947–1984) graduated from Barnard College in 1968 and became a screenwriter, film editor, foreign language dubbing specialist, and documentary film director. She worked on such films as Ingmar Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “1900,” Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro,” and Lina Wertmüller’s “Seven Beauties.” Ashur began making films with the New York Newsreel, a political collective; she directed “Janie’s Janie” and “Me and Stella,” a portrait of Elizabeth Cotton. The Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award was established in her memory in 1984 at the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Alan P. Jacobs (d. 2016) received his BA and MFA from Columbia University. He was a founding trustee of the Sundance Institute, an original Board member of the Independent Feature Project, and a former Trustee of the American Film Institute. His independent film and video production company, The Film Foundry Inc., is a signatory at the Writers Guild of America. As an independent documentary filmmaker in New York City, Jacobs produced, directed, and edited more than 20 films for: NY Newsreel; National Endowment for the Arts; WNET and PBL (public television); Carnegie Foundation; Bank Street College of Education; Educational Alliance; Southern Christian Leadership Conference; United States Information Agency; and the US Air Force. His film “Studs Terkel: At Home on the Air” received a citation at the Chicago Film Festival. “Wishes, Lies and Dreams” received a citation from the White House Conference on Children. “Only the Beginning” was selected Best Foreign Film at the Moscow Film Festival.

Pre-lecture screening: “Lordstown Workers Speak,” “Janie’s Janie,” and “Wishes, Lies and Dreams.”