Harvey Brownstone Interviews...

Harvey Brownstone Interviews Jeremy Kagan, Acclaimed Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author

October 02, 2023 Harvey Brownstone Season 3 Episode 70
Harvey Brownstone Interviews...
Harvey Brownstone Interviews Jeremy Kagan, Acclaimed Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author
Show Notes

Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Jeremy Kagan, Acclaimed Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Author & Educator


About Harvey's guest:


Today’s guest, Jeremy Kagan, is a highly acclaimed director, screenwriter, producer, author and educator, whose feature film credits include “Scott Joplin”, “Heroes”, “The Big Fix”, “The Chosen”, which won 3 Jury Prizes at prestigious international film festivals, “The Sting 2”, “The Journey of Natty Gann”, which was the first American film to win a Gold Prize at the Moscow Film Festival, “Golda’s Balcony”, and the exceptionally powerful and compelling movie entitled “SHOT”, which is a must-see film about gun violence in America.  


Some of my favourite of his TV movies are “Katherine”, “Courage”, “Descending Angel”, “Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8”, which won an ACE Award for Best Dramatic Special, “Roswell: The UFO Cover-Up”, which got a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best TV movie, “Color of Justice”, “Bobbie's Girl”, and “Crown Heights”, which earned him the Directors Guild of America Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award, and a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs, AND for which he won an NAACP Image Award AND the Humanitas Award for "affirming the dignity of every person".  


He also produced and directed the internationally acclaimed 10 part TV series entitled, “The ACLU Freedom Files”, which won a Special Recognition Award at the Washington Independent Film Festival.   In addition, he’s directed dozens of TV shows including “Columbo”, “Picket Fences”, “Chicago Hope”, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing, “Ally McBeal”, “Family Law”, “The West Wing”, for which the Online Film and Television Association nominated him for Best Direction of a Drama Series,  AND he directed the pilot for “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”.  This man’s contributions to the film industry have been monumental.  


He created the Change Making Media Lab, which fosters positive social and environmental change by producing award-winning films dealing with pressing social issues.  He served as the Artistic Director of Robert Redford's Sundance Lab.  And he’s been on the National Board of the Directors Guild, where he is Chairperson of its Special Projects, providing members with educational, cultural and technological information.  Our guest is also an accomplished author.  His books entitled, “Directors Close Up”, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 contain fascinating interviews with renowned film directors.  He also wrote a mesmerizing and inspirational book about his near-death experience, called “My Death: A Personal Guidebook”.  


And he’s written an interactive eTextbook called “Keys to Directing”. He’s a Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and he’s taught master classes on filmmaking throughout the world.  He’s a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Television Academy, The Writers Guild, and The Directors Guild.  


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