An Evening with Documentary Film Producers and their Films: Geri Ashur, Alan Jacobs, Peter Hermann

An Evening with Documentary Film Producers and their Films: Geri Ashur, Alan Jacobs, Peter Hermann, 1974

Peter Herman was an MIT Faculty member in Humanities. He is currently being researched. Full biography pending.

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, a 1968 Barnard College graduate, 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 1984 at the New York Foundation for the Arts in her memory.

Alan P. Jacobs (b. ????) received his B.A. and M.F.A. from Columbia University. He is 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 has produced, directed, and edited over 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 U.S. 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.

Jacobs currently teaches documentary production, advanced narrative production, and screenwriting at California State University, Long Beach. He continues to be actively involved in his own documentary production and in the development of feature films for television.


Opening Screening: Lordstown Workers Speak, Janie’s Janie, and Wishes, Lies and Dreams.
“An Evening with Documentary Film Producers and their Films.” March 13, 1974, Building 26.