Catalyst Films has been developing and producing award-winning nonfiction feature films, television and web content since 2004. Founded by Emmy nominated Director/Producer Kristi Jacobson, Catalyst Films is known for producing cinematic content that journeys deep into the heart of an issue or situation.



Kristi Jacobson, Director/Producer & Founder of Catalyst Films

Kristi Jacobson is an award-winning filmmaker whose films capture nuanced, intimate and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities. She is known for the Emmy nominated film SOLITARY (2016), A Place at the Table (2012), TOOTS (2006), and American Standoff (2002). Jacobson is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS), the Director’s Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television, and a two-time Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She is also a grant awardee from Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and many others. Her television credits have earned Emmy nominations and Cine Golden Eagle Awards. Jacobson is represented for commercials and branded content by NY-based production agency C41 Media.

Netsanet Negussie, Creative Development & Production Associate

Netsanet Negussie joins the team as the new Creative Development & Production Associate. Prior to joining Catalyst Films, she has worked at NY-based film and arts organizations like POV on PBS, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and New York Theatre Workshop working in research, development, and fundraising, and was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for two years. Netsanet graduated with a BS degree in neuroscience from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Currently, she is a Hearst Scholar at the Newmark School of Journalism (formerly known as CUNY Graduate School of Journalism), and is a screener for Camden International Film Festival.