Marcia Jarmel

Marcia Jarmel founded PatchWorks with Ken Schneider in 1994. Marcia’s other films include Collateral Damage, a mother's lament about the human costs of war that screened worldwide in theatres, museums, festivals and schools as part of Underground Zero: Filmmakers Respond to 9/11. Return of Sarah's Daughters examines the allure of Orthodox Judaism to secular young women. The hour-long documentary won a CINE Golden Eagle, National Educational Media Network Gold Apple, and 1st Place in the Jewish Video Competition. It screened on international public television, and at the American Cinematheque, International Documentary Film Festival, Women in the Director's Chair, Cinequest and numerous other film festivals. Her first film, The F Word: A short video about Feminism uses whimsical animation and interviews to foster discussion on this so-called contentious topic. Still in distribution after 20 years, The F Word screened on KQED's Living Room Festival, AFI’s VideoFest, and the Judy Chicago film series at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Marcia's additional credits include producing and directing films for the San Francisco World Music Festival, co-editing the Academy-award nominee, For Better or For Worse, and assistant producing the Academy Award nominees, Berkeley in the Sixties and Freedom on My Mind.

She was a resident at Working Films Content + Intent Doc Institute, the Kopkind Colony, BAVC Mediamakers, and the Fledgling Funds' Reel Education and Reel Engagement. She has guest lectured at Stanford University San Francisco City College, San Francisco State University, and New York University.

PatchWorks Films specializes in telling stories exploring contemporary social issues through intimate character stories, and building innovative partnerships for their use with NGOs, activists, and advocates. Their award-winning documentaries have been broadcast worldwide and shown at museums, libraries, schools, universities, community centers, street corners, conferences, and film festivals.

Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider founded PatchWorks in 1994. Their recent film, Speaking in Tongues, won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and played at festivals from Mumbai to Guangzhou, New York to San Francisco, as well as airing nationally on PBS. They are premiering their latest film, Havana Curveball during the summer of 2014.

Their previous work includes the ITVS-funded Born in the U.S.A., which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens, and was hailed as the "best film on childbirth" by the former director of maternal health at the World Health Organization.  Havana Curveball, premiering summer 2014, is their 4th feature collaboration. It features their oldest son, and is a sequel to Jarmel's first film, The Return of Sarah’s Daughters.

 [bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


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