Jeff Spitz

Emmy-award winning filmmaker

Jeff Spitz is an Emmy Award-winner who creates original documentaries and social impact campaigns. His credits as a director and social impact producer include: The Return of Navajo Boy, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS which has won international film festival awards and earned special recognition from the EPA, Dept. of Energy and the Government Accounting Office for inspiring congress to mandate a multi-agency response to uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation; From the Bottom Up, a one-hour, national PBS public affairs report about community activism; The Roosevelt Experiment, an ABC-TV special telling the story of an integrated college in a segregated city; and America’s Libraries Change Lives, celebrating the immigrant experience in America’s public libraries, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.  Jeff’s new documentary, Food Patriots, is a funny personal film about raising backyard chickens, battling antibiotic resistant superbugs and changing the way Americans think about food.  A California native and graduate of UCLA, Jeff holds a masters degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago.  He is an Associate Professor of documentary film at Columbia College Chicago. Jeff creates media arts programs and live events with schools and colleges nationwide.