Kristi Jacobson, Director and Producer, is a NY-based filmmaker whose films capture nuanced, intimate, and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities. Her newest film, SOLITARY, takes an unprecedented look at life inside a supermax prison, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and is now available to watch on HBO. Another Jacobson film, A Place at the Table (Participant Media/Magnolia Pictures), called “one of the most important…and gripping non-fiction films to debut in some time” by Indiewire, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival before its theatrical release in over 35 U.S. cities.
The film examines the shocking paradox of hunger in the wealthiest nation on earth through the very personal stories of three American families who face food insecurity daily; it won the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award and was nominated for Best Feature Documentary by the Producers Guild of America. Previous films include the critically acclaimed Toots, winner of the National Board of Review’s 2007 Top Documentary Award and voted 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and American Standoff (HBO), produced by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple.
Jacobson has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Moyers and Company, MSNBC’s The Cycle, The Leonard Lopate Show. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Filmmaker Magazine, Time Magazine and many others. Jacobson is also a member of the Director’s Guild of America, NYWIFT, and a two-time Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She is a recipient of grants from Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Bertha Foundation, and many others and, most recently is a 2016 recipient of the Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award, which aims to support filmmakers to continue to be strong advocates for urgent issues.