Catalyst Films has been developing and producing award-winning nonfiction feature films, television and web content since 2004. Founded by Emmy Award-winning 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 Emmy Award-winning filmmaker whose films capture nuanced, intimate and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities. She is known for the film SOLITARY (2016), which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary, A Place at the Table (2012), TOOTS (2006), and American Standoff (2002). In 2019, she was nominated for a Webby Award for #ElectionEffect: Hebh, a short documentary about a New York-based young Muslim American activist. 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 contributes to a number of exciting projects as Catalyst Films' Creative Development & Production Associate. Before joining Catalyst Films, Netsanet was previously at POV on PBS, Chicken & Egg Pictures and New York Theatre Workshop. She also served as an AmeriCorps community organizer, and co-produced a summer music concert series with Grammy Award-winning music producer Dr. Amy Horowitz at the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Netsanet is a Masters Candidate at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She also screens for Camden International Film Festival and the Peabody Awards. Netsanet is also a recipient of the Harold H. Black Grant through the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a developing short documentary she’s producing.