Jamie Meltzer

Professor Jamie Meltzer teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film at Stanford University. His feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. His latest short documentary, “not even for a moment do things stand still”, premiered at SXSW in March 2022, and was honored with a Special Jury Mention for Visual Reflection. The film provides an observational glimpse into a COVID-19 art installation, dropping into intimate moments of people honoring their loved ones, and interrogating the role of mourning and closure during an unfolding tragedy. “Huntsville Station”, a short documentary film directed with Chris Filippone, was recently featured as a New York Times Op-Docs and premiered at Berlinale and SXSW. The film observes the scene at a bus station – where dozens of inmates just released on parole take in their first moments of freedom before taking the bus home. “True Conviction” (broadcast on Independent Lens in May 2018), a co-production of ITVS and the recipient of a Sundance Institute grant and a MacArthur grant, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received a Special Jury Mention in the Best Documentary Feature category. “Informant” (2012), about a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant, was released in theaters in the US and Canada in Fall 2013 by Music Box Films and KinoSmith. Previous films include: “Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story” (Independent Lens, 2003), about the shadowy world of song-poems, “Welcome to Nollywood” (PBS Broadcast, 2007), an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry, and “La Caminata” (2009), a short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction.