On New York's Governor's Island, an unprecedented program has an ambitious goal: to restore once-bountiful oysters and the environmental benefits they bring to New York Harbor. What's more, the foot soldiers of this environmental movement are an unlikely group--high school students at a remarkable public school that teaches stewardship of the waterways alongside math and English.  TAKE BACK THE HARBOR highlights the stories and work of these extraordinary students and their inspiring teachers as they persevere to turn the tide on decades of neglect and bring back the health of New York City waterways.


Directed by Emmy winner Kristi Jacobson and Oscar and Emmy winner Roger Ross Williams and produced by Jacobson and the team at Motto Pictures including Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, and Carolyn Hepburn, TAKE BACK THE HARBOR premieres Tuesday December 18 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery.   


Co-Director Kristi Jacobson and New York Harbor School graduate Bryan Campbell join CBS This Morning: Saturday to discuss the film TAKE BACK THE HARBOR, which premieres Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery.


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THR “Awards Chatter” Podcast host Scott Feinberg discusses TAKE BACK THE HARBOR documentary with directors Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams.

Take Back the Harbor had its World Premiere at DOC NYC on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

The film, directed by award-winning duo Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams, highlights dedicated young students on an ambitious mission to restore one billion oysters in New York Harbor through the Billion Oyster Project (BOP).

Following the premiere, Jacobson and Williams talked about the film and its central themes, including climate change, the power of youth change-makers and storytelling in a panel discussion with students Jesse and Bryan, founder Murray Fisher and executive director Pete Malinowski of BOP.

Many thanks to the film team including producers Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman and Carolyn Hepburn; executive producers John Hoffman and Jon Bardin; editors Jean Tsien and John Fisher; directors of photography Nelson Hume and Tom Bergmann; and composer T. Griffin.


SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Documentary at the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Congratulations to the team in making this timely and poignant film, and gratitude to those who courageously shared their truth!


SOLITARY was nominated for TWO Emmys! One for Outstanding Investigative Documentary and one for Outstanding Editing: Documentary by the one-and-only Ben Gold! 

Located on an Appalachian mountaintop in Wise County, Va., Red Onion State Prison is a “supermax” facility built to house individual inmates in 8’x10’ solitary-confinement cells, 23 hours a day, for months, years and sometimes decades. Directed and produced by Kristi Jacobson, SOLITARY: Inside Red Onion State Prison explores life on both sides of the bars, raising provocative questions about punishment in America today.

The film was produced by executive producer, David Menschel; producers, Julie Goldman, Katie Mitchell; editor, Ben Gold; director of photography, Nelson Hume; original music, T. Griffin. For HBO: Senior Producer, Nancy Abraham; Executive Producer, Sheila Nevins.



Learn more about solitary confinement and join the fight with the ACLU of Virginia and Interfaith Action for Human Rights

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Kristi Jacobson’s latest directorial effort premieres on Netflix, January 26, 2018!

Kristi directed an episode of the Netflix Original series DIRTY MONEY, a thrilling investigative series that provides an up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal and corruption in the world of business. Jacobson directed “Cartel Bank” which tells the riveting story of how HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels for decades. The film features Senator Elizabeth Warren, awe-inspiring journalists, prosecutors and a former HSBC employee-turned whistleblower fighting to bring HSBC to justice for laundering money for one of the most notorious criminal organizations in the world.





The penetrating “Solitary” is a sobering account of life (without parole) inside the Red Onion

LA Times


Refusing to shy away from harsh truths...SOLITARY offers a complicated portrait of 21st-century crime and punishment.



“An act of wide-ranging compassion.”

Hollywood Reporter


“Intelligent, thoughtful, and tough documentary filmmaking.”
— Flavorwire 

For more SOLITARY press click here!


“A first-rate portrait…a rare exception… Cheers to Ms. Jacobson for keeping alive the memory of New York nightlife’s golden era, and a man who embodied it.”
New York Times

“You see Toots, and you wish you had been there…A FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY.”
Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert



“As important and eye-opening a documentary as you’ll see this year.”
— NY Daily News

“A Place At the Table  … is not only one of the most gripping non-fiction films to debut in some time, it’s also one of the most important.”
— Indiewire

“An incredibly important film. I want this seen in the broadest way possible.”
— Jon Stewart, The Daily Show


Anthony Kaufman, Village Voice

“A remarkable tale of resilience and passion.” – Film Threat

“…packs an emotional wallop, dwelling effectively on the pain and confusion of strike organizers as they run out of options… an amazingly coherent report.”




“In many ways, Colonial House is THE BEST REALITY SERIES YET IN THE PBS-LINE. The program, filmed last year on the Maine coast, looks gorgeous and should boost tourism. The narration supplies fascinating nuggets about the past as a counterpoint to what’s unfolding on the screen.”
Sentinel Communications

“PAINSTAKINGLY RESEARCHED, BEAUTIFULLY PHOTOGRAPHED, and it effectively debunks myths about the colonists as a bunch of dour, buckle-shoed squares.”