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Kristi Jacobson

Documentary Filmmaker

Kristi Jacobson is an award-winning producer and director, and founder of Catalyst Films. Her most recent film, A Place at the Table, explores hunger and food insecurity in America. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and was released by Magnolia Pictures in early 2013. Jacobson’s work has appeared nationally and internationally on outlets including HBO, PBS, Channel Four/UK, ESPN, ABC and Lifetime.

Jacobson’s 2007 film, Toots, which told the story of her grandfather, a New York saloonkeeper, opened to critical acclaim, and was awarded the National Board of Review Top Documentary Award. Other films Jacobson has directed and produced include American Standoff, Voices of Courage, Defending our Daughters and Justice for All? For television, she has worked on the Emmy-nominated Colonial House, Together: Stop Violence Against Women, Tanya Tucker: Country Rebel and Sex, Drugs and Consequences.

Jacobson is a member of the Directors Guild of America and lives in New York City. She attended Duke University.