Jeremy Kagan, M.F.A.
Work Phone: 310-391-4474
Office: SCA 445
Jeremy Kagan is an international and Emmy award winning director, writer and producer of feature films and television. He teaches graduate courses in directing and is the founder of the Change Making Media Lab.
Among some of Professor Kagan's feature films are The Chosen, winner of the Grand Prix Montreal Festival and the Christopher Award, the box-office hit Heroes, the political thriller The Big Fix, and The Journey of Natty Gann, winner of the Gold Prize at the Moscow Film Festival.
In television, Professor Kagan was honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Series Directing, a Cable ACE Award for his HBO movie Conspiracy: The Trial Of The Chicago 8, a Golden Globe nomination for Roswell: The UFO Cover-Up and a Humanitas Award for Crown Heights, which also received a Directors Guild Nomination for Best Family Film and an NACCP award for best television movie. Kagan has directed dozens of television series including The West Wing. He produced and directed the award winning 10 part series The Freedom Files and he has been making advocacy films for a variety of national organizations including The Doe Fund working with the homeless and environmental groups like TreePeople, and his CMML has made videos for the National Cancer Institute and ADHD concerns. He teaches and uses narrative filmmaking to change awareness and behavior, saying: "facts inform while stories transform."
Professor Kagan has been on the National Board of the Directors Guild of America and is Chairperson of its Special Projects Committee, which provides cultural and educational programs for its 15,000 members. His books, Directors Close Up, Vol.1 and Vol. 2, are published by Scarecrow Press with interviews with the world's best known directors, and Professor Kagan has taught master classes in directing in Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, France, Lebanon and Israel and he served as Artistic Director at the Robert Redford Sundance Institute.