PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, investigative reporter and anchorman, Jerry has been the recipient of more than sixty national film and television awards since 1982, including the coveted Columbia University duPont Award.
Jerry’s signature storytelling style is known for its emotional sensitivity and cinematic technique. Beyond producing, directing, and shooting, he's an expert editor who worked with Avid's engineers as they began developing digital, non-linear technologies in the 1980s.
Jerry began honing his long-form filmmaking instincts as a correspondent for Post-Newsweek's national documentaries unit. He anchored WPLG's weekend 6 & 11pm newscasts, morning cut-ins, Daybreak, and Eyewitness News Magazine. His integrity is also well known in Miami where he was a popular investigative journalist - The 10 Troubleshooter.
In 1992, Jerry began producing humanitarian advocacy films, broadcast documentaries and private family projects for accomplished leaders, philanthropists and entertainers, including: Martin Sheen, Miriam & Sheldon Adelson, Michael Douglas, Larry King, Norman Braman, Brett Ratner and Romero Britto.
Jerry's Jewish fund raising films have helped raise hundreds of millions for humanitarian organizations worldwide. His Chanukah Live telecasts in the 1990s were broadcast live on more than 200 PBS stations,
His award-winning documentaries include To Never Know Twenty, The Smell of Money, Israel’s Forgotten Heroes, Still Waters Run Deep, Windows To The Soul, Generations In The Sun, Inspired, Inspired Too, Addicted Nation, and Echoes of the Holocaust.
From The Director . . .
"What's the film about?"
In the twilight of the survivor era, My Survivor interprets the Holocaust through the eyes of young people – recent college graduates who participated in a landmark 2004-2016 University of Miami experiential initiative. The program paired inquisitive students with elderly Holocaust survivors. Their experiences proved life changing. The film reflects this dynamic, with a prominent focus on the perspectives of the young.
The film also features Holocaust experts, thought leaders, even celebrities. Some students were dramatically reunited with their survivor for the project. A handful will be taken to a concentration camp in Europe for filming. We also intend to address the rise of white supremacy and anti-Semitic violence through this prism. American neo-Nazis, Klansmen and Holocaust deniers will be confronted for the film. The documentary will also look at the emerging science of epigenetics as it relates to children of survivors, and explore what a post-survivor world might feel like.
The film intends to answer one of the most poignant questions of our generation: “Who will tell their story when the last of the survivors are gone?”