David Zeiger received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for his debut narrative feature, Sweet Old World, which premiered in 2012 at the Atlanta Film Festival. His second narrative feature, Otherwise Pandemonium, which is based on a short story by Nick Hornby, is in development.
His 2005 film, Sir! No Sir!, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It went on to win Best Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Seeds of War Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and Best Film on War and Peace at the Vermont International Film Festival. It was nominated for Independent Spirit, International Documentary, and Gotham Awards. The film garnered rave reviews during its 80-city theatrical run, including “Two Thumbs Up” from Ebert and Roeper. Manohla Dargis called it “Smart and timely” in the New York Times, and the New York Daily News wrote “This is powerful stuff, offering us not only a new look at the past, but unavoidably relevant insights into the present.” It has been broadcast on television worldwide, including the BBC, CBC/Canada, ARTE/France, and ABC/Australia, and the Sundance Channel in the U.S.
He followed that up in 2008-09 with the web series This is Where We Take Our Stand, that tells the story of “Winter Soldier/Iraq and Afghanistan,” an event in which 250 veterans of those wars gave testimony condemning them. In December 2009, he was awarded full funding from PBS’s Independent Television Service to turn the series into a film for a 2011 broadcast. Zeiger created, produced and directed the landmark 13-part documentary series, Senior Year, for broadcast on PBS in January 2002. The series follows a group of 15 students at Fairfax High, the most diverse school in Los Angeles, through their last year in high school. About the series, Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Others have tried to document high school life, but this series succeeds where those drier efforts failed…High school is a time for experimentation, and finally, a truly experimental filmmaker is there.” Funded by CPB, NAATA, LPB, and the MacArthur and Kellogg Foundations, Senior Year was broadcast in Europe on Planete Cable, and was a premiere series on the new U.S. English/Spanish cable network SíTV in 2004.
His short film Funny Old Guys premiered August, 2002, at the Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles. Its television premiere was August 19, 2003, on the HBO Documentary series “Still Kicking, Still Laughing.” Funny Old Guys captures the final months of the life of Frank Tarloff, formerly blacklisted Academy Award winning writer, as he and a group of friends, all former TV and film writers, confront his imminent death.
The Band, Mr. Zeiger’s tribute to his son, aired to critical acclaim on the PBS series P.O.V. in 1998. It has screened at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam and AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, and was awarded “Best Documentary” and “Best of Show” at the Central Florida Film Festival. The Band was broadcast in 2000 on the French/German network ARTE.
Displaced in the New South aired in the United States on PBS in 1996 and on The Discovery Channel International in 1997. That film looks at life in and around Atlanta from the point of view of Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants. Its festival screenings include the South by Southwest, Chicago Latino, Cine Acción Latino, Doubletake and San Francisco Asian American Film Festivals. Displaced in the New South was the inspiration for the Indigo Girls’ single “Shame on You,” featured on their 1997 release Shaming of the Sun.
Evangeline Griego is a long time independent filmmaker and media activist who produced, Sir! No Sir! with David Zeiger which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It went on to win the Hamptons International Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Documentary, the Vermont International Film Festival, Jury Award Best Film on War and Peace and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award ‘06. She is the Producer, for the award wining Documentary Calavera Highway, (Best Doc San Diego Film Fesitval’08 and Best TV Documentary San Francisco International Film Festival ’08) (PBS- P.O.V. 2008) directed by Renee Tajima-Peña, POV/PBS. Griego’s company About Time Productions, in association with Red Envelope Entertainment (Netflix) and 212Berlin Films produced the documentary Chevolution about the iconic image of Che Guevara it Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. As Director she completed the Breathless in LA segment of the seven part environmental series, Sierra Club Chronicles (Sundance Channel) with Executive Producer Robert Greenwald.
With Griego in the Director’s chair, her company, About Time Productions, has completed the feature documentary, God Willing for which she was awarded PBS/Lincs inishing funds, (PBS 2011). Previously completed works include the award winning Paño Arte: Images from Inside and the bilingual documentary, Border Visions/Visiones Fronterizos funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both Paño Arte: Images from Inside and Border Visons/Visiones Fronterizos were broadcast on PBS.
Griego’s other documentary credits include. Segment Co-Producer for the acclaimed PBS series The New Americans (Kartemquin Films) (Winner of the 2004 IDA Limited Series Award, a HUGO Award, and Christopher Award) Line Producer, My Journey Home (WETA-PBS), Winner of the 2004 Cine Golden Eagle Award) and Supervising Producer, Art Works, ( J. Paul Getty Trust).
Ms. Griego is a founder of the Silver Lake Film Festival in Los Angeles and is a member of the board of directors of NALIP, National Association of Latino Independent Producers