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Jeffrey Schwarz          

Emmy Award Winning Film Maker

Jeffrey Schwarz is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and producer based in Los Angeles. His latest documentary feature is "Tab Hunter Confidential," a biographical portrait of the 1950s screen heartthrob. It premiered at SXSW in March, 2015 and is currently enjoying a run on the film festival circuit. His previous film, "I Am Divine," about the international drag superstar and John Waters’ leading lady, premiered at SXSW 2013. It made its television debut on Showtime and is available on DVD and VOD via Wolfe Video.

Schwarz's 2011 documentary feature, the Emmy-winning HBO Documentary Films’ "Vito," is about the beloved gay activist and author of "The Celluloid Closet," Vito Russo. It premiered at the 2011 New York Film Festival, and made its television debut on HBO in July, 2012. Vito was nominated for two 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Historical Programming, as well as a 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.

Previous documentaries include "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story," about the legendary Hollywood showman. It won the 2007 AFI Fest Documentary Audience Award among many other festival honors, was released in 2009 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and is currently airing on Turner Classic Movies. "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon" (2008), the award-winning portrait of adult film star Jack Wrangler, is distributed by TLA Releasing and plays regularly on the LOGO network.

Schwarz is also a leading producer of studio EPKs (electronic press kit), Blu-ray and DVD content, original television programming, and documentary feature films. He has produced content on major studio releases for directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Sam Mendes, Wes Craven, Rob Reiner, Joe Dante, Barry Sonnenfeld, Adam Shankman, Paul Verhoeven, John Carpenter, Paul W.S. Anderson, Chris Columbus, Sidney Lumet, and the Coen Brothers. Television productions include Starz’s "Sex and the Cinema," "In the Gutter," "Hitchcocked!" and "Shooting the Police: Cops on Film," IFC’s "Reservoir Dogs Revisited" and "Still Swingin’," and multiple episodes of "HBO First Look." In 2010, Automat Pictures provided exclusive backstage content for the Academy Awards produced by Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.

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Five Questions with I Am Divine Director Jeffrey Schwarz

Before there was RuPaul’s Drag Race, hell, before there was RuPaul, there was the divinely dangerous Divine, actor, singer, drag queen, provocateur extraordinaire. Willing to do not almost anything but anything on screen (including eating dog feces for Pink Flamingos, one of the many films he made with the legendary shocksploitation director, John Waters), all in the name of art. Starting its theatrical run this week at the Cinema Village in NYC and the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane in Austin, I Am Divine tells the behind-the-scenes story of this force of nature that left no taboo unturned. Filmmaker interviewed the doc’s director, Jeffrey Schwarz, over email.

‘Tab Hunter’ Director Jeffrey Schwarz Takes Frameline Film Fest Award

On the opening weekend of Frameline 39, filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz, whose filmography includes documentaries about both Russo ("Vito," 2011) and Divine ("I Am Divine," 2013), joined their ranks.

“I Am Divine” Director Jeffrey Schwarz Explores the Life of the Iconic John Waters Muse

The documentary I Am Divine made its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and as the title suggests, it documents the life and times of the iconic Divine, the mother of all drag performers. Divine worshippers and newbies will be happy to know that this movie has all the crazy and outlandish antics expected from the late great performer, but it’s also surprisingly intimate, heartfelt, and a bit somber.

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