Jeff Spitz

Chicago, Illinois, United States


Jeff Spitz is an Emmy Award-winning documentary maker and associate professor of documentary film at Columbia College Chicago. He is the co-founder of Groundswell Educational Films. Groundswell produces cross cultural documentary films and public engagement campaigns that promote human rights through the stories of under-represented communities. Groundswell’s live events include concerts and media that engage audiences in cross cultural conversations. Groundswell partners with many larger organizations to develop outreach events in venues such as public high schools, colleges, museums, religious institutions, community centers, government agencies and conferences. Groundswell combines documentary, new media and live events to promote social justice. A California native and graduate of UCLA, Jeff earned a Masters degree in English from the University of Chicago and began making documentaries in 1985. His documentary work includes The Roosevelt Experiment: an integrated college in a segregated city; From the Bottom Up, a PBS public affairs special about community activism and The Robben Island Singers, an ongoing film and musical journey featuring ex-political prisoners who were once incarcerated with Nelson Mandela. Jeff is the director of the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning documentary, The Return of Navajo Boy, a Sundance Film Festival and PBS selection that reunited a Navajo family and triggered a federal investigation of uranium houses. Watch the investigation unfolding at www.navajoboy.com