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Brett Schwartz

Brett Schwartz

Documentary Film and Video

About

Brett A. Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker who has been producing documentaries since 1995. Schwartz’s latest feature documentary, INSATIABLE: THE HOMARO CANTU STORY received a Spotlight Documentary Film Award, an Award of Recognition from The Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and had its world premiere at SXSW in 2016. Schwartz’s previous feature-length documentary, MASHED MEDIA (2010) aired on PBS and is distributed by Films for the Humanities & Sciences. Schwartz’s films have screened at numerous film festivals including SXSW, The Seattle Int'l Film Festival, Slamdance, The Napa Valley Int'l Film Festival, The Chicago Int'l Film Festival, Cinequest, and many others. His work has aired on several networks, including Bravo, MSNBC, HGTV, Court TV, CBS, PBS. His short film SHIFTING TRADITIONS aired on PBS and was distributed by The University of California Center for Media and Independent Learning. Schwartz received a Master’s from Stanford’s Documentary Film Program.


Shifting Traditions

video

JUNE, 1999
VIDEO DURATION: 22:12 MIN.

Shifting Traditions takes an incisive look at the issue of intermarriage within the American Jewish community. Through the diverse voices of interfaith couples and rabbinical leaders, the film reveals the contemporary struggle of many Jews to participate in a multicultural society, and simultaneously maintain a separate and unique identity.


Beachcombers

16mm color film

JUNE, 1998
VIDEO DURATION: 8 MIN.
Displaying a unique sense of compassion and dedication, the volunteers of The Marine Mammal Center rescue distressed animals at Monterey Bay, California.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Cinequest-San Jose Film Festival, 1999
Half Moon Bay Film Festival, 1999

Emperor Norton I of America

video

MARCH, 1998
VIDEO DURATION: 7 MIN.
The legend of America's only emperor is recounted by historians and enthusiasts who paint a compelling and humorous portrait of San Francisco's nineteenth-century sovereign.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Telluride Indiefest, 1998
Arizona International Film Festival, 1999

Silicon Harvest

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 1997
VIDEO DURATION: 4 MIN.
Located in the center of Silicon Valley, Olson's Cherries is the last operating fruit orchard of its kind in the fertile region of California once known as "The Valley of Heart's Delight".

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Slamdance Film Festival, 1999
Cinequest-San Jose Film Festival, 1999
Big Muddy Film Festival, 1999
ImageFest, 1999 
KTEH-TV San Jose PBS 
ONLINE: Ifilm.com