Jeremy Kagan


Jeremy Kagan

(Film and Television Director and Professor )







“Stories That Change Us”

The Hopis say “who controls the stories rules.” This is a look at media that have made a difference historically and how that happens looking at literature, myths, music, images, TV, Movies and new media and especially concentrating on the concept of Entertainment-Education.


Jeremy Kagan is an internationally recognized director/writer/producer of feature films and television and a well known teacher. He has directed 10 feature films including the box-office hits HEROES, the political thriller THE BIG FIX, THE CHOSEN (2 time Grand Prize winner) from Chaim Potok’s classic novel, and THE JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN (first U.S. film to win a Gold Prize at the Moscow Film Festival) and the comedy Big Man On Campus. Among his 20 television movies are KATHERINE and HBO’s CONSPIRACY: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 8 (ACE Award for Best Dramatic Special); ROSWELL,THE UFO CONSPIRACY which garnered a Golden Globe nomination; DESCENDING ANGEL for HBO about former Nazi criminals disguising themselves in the US and for Showtime COLOR OF JUSTICE about racism. He directed the pilot for the hit series DR. QUINN: MEDICINE WOMAN and won an EMMY for Dramatic Series Directing and directed “West Wing” and Spielberg’s “Taken.” His movie BOBBIE’S GIRL was one of the highest rated films on Showtime and CROWN HEIGHTS won the Humanitas Award in 2004 for “affirming the dignity of every person.” This film also received the Directors Guild Nomination for best family film. In 2007 he produced and directed the 10 part series FREEDOM FILES broadcast on Court and Link TV as well as the net. He has made films for The Doe Fund which is the most successful program in America helping the homeless and for The Bioneers which organizes leaders in solutions for ecological challenges.

Mr. Kagan is a Full Tenured Professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches the graduate courses in directing and where he created the Change Making Media Lab. He just finished making two films for the National Cancer Institute, one a documentary and the other a drama about the same issue to compare the effectiveness of each form to motivate change. CMML also received a grant for a series dealing with middle school kids and obesity. Mr. Kagan has served as the Artistic Director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and is on the National Board of the Directors Guild and Chairperson of its Special Projects. His book DIRECTORS CLOSE UP vol 2 is published by Scarecrow Press with a new edition coming out January of 2013. He is a Graduate Fellow of the American Film Institute, and has an M.F.A. from NYU and a B.A. from Harvard University. He has taught master seminars on filmmaking in Hong Kong, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Hanoi, France, Lebanon, Ireland and India.

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