Jesse Lockwood Kreitzer (b. 1985) is a filmmaker from Marlboro, Vermont whose interests include rural storytelling, ancestry, and folk cultures. Using genealogy and archival materials as creative conduit, Kreitzer's documentary and narrative films explore the fragility of memory, lineage and tradition. His films have screened at film festivals, galleries and museums worldwide including The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of the Moving Image, Biografilm, Raindance, Oldenburg International, Camden International, Ashland Independent, IFFBoston, Woodstock, Atlanta and Denver Film Festivals, among others. In 2016, Kreitzer was awarded the James Goldstone Award for Emerging Vermont Filmmaker by the Vermont International Film Foundation.
In 2007, Kreitzer received his Bachelor’s degree in Visual and Media Art, magna cum laude, from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the recipient of the Graduate Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photography for his frame-by-frame 8mm film restoration and his capstone documentary Pearlswig was selected for the student showcase in Los Angeles. The same year, he received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Grant in Film/Video.
From 2007 - 2012, Kreitzer served as a content producer for the City of Newton, Massachusetts, where he received numerous awards from the National Alliance for Community Media and its New England chapter. He was the co-creator, producer and director of the pilot episode of The Folklorist which has since earned seven regional Emmys® and sixteen nominations from the NATAS Boston/New England chapter.
In 2015, Kreitzer received his MFA in Film/Video Production and served as a primary instructor for the University of Iowa’s Department of Cinematic Arts in Iowa City, Iowa. Kreitzer's first-year graduate film Lomax received an official endorsement from The Association for Cultural Equity, folklorist Alan Lomax's founding organization, and screened at over 20 acclaimed festivals around the world. The same year, Kreitzer's The Murder Ballad of James Jones received the Oscar®-qualifying Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival. During his graduate studies, Kreitzer also served as Executive Director of the Bijou Cinema and Film Board, a 42-year-old nonprofit arthouse dedicated to the exhibition of independent, foreign and documentary film. During his tenure, he oversaw the merger and partnership with FilmScene, a 501c3 film organization on the joint development and operation of a new independent cinema in downtown Iowa City. Kreitzer's award-winning MFA thesis film Black Canaries, a 1900s coalmining folktale inspired by his maternal ancestry, has been screening at festivals throughout 2016.
Kreitzer is currently producing CAREGIVERS, a documentary-narrative hybrid film about hospice workers and home birth midwives in the mountains of rural Vermont. The film is being produced in partnership with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, who will provide an original score and live accompaniment at select screenings.
Seven Days, Vermont Filmmaker to Create Film on Elder Care
Little Village, UI Film Grad Wins Back-to-Back Grand Jury Prizes
Seven Days, Newbies and Stars at the Middlebury Film Fest
Boston Globe, Previewing the Woods Hole Film Festival at 25
Iowa Alumni Magazine, Letters to the Editor
Iowa Alumni Magazine, Feature: Black Canaries
Little Village, Mining Family History
Little Village, Kreitzer Unearths The Past
Atlanta Film Festival, Monthly Blog
Boston Globe, Are There Contenders in the Glovebox?
Boston Globe, Indie Spirit in Woods Hole
Iowa City Press Citizen, Inspired by Ancestors
Seven Days, Canaries in a Cinematic Coal Mine
Daily Iowan, Mining Cinema
The Commons, Driven to Tell Stories
The Artery WBUR Boston NPR®, Best of the IFFB
Iowa Alumni Magazine, The Future of Film
Iowa Now, Making a Scene Downtown
Brattleboro Reformer, Home is Where the Art Is
NewtonTAB, NewTV Producer Confronts Grief
Imagine Magazine, Make the Wake