Jeff Arak Documentary

Jeff Arak Documentary New York-based non-fiction tv and video production.

Jeff Arak is a freelance filmmaker living in New York City, producing videos that tell stories and increase critical understanding about our world. In recent years, Jeff has collaborated on promotional videos for the Arts and social sectors, cultural profiles of institutions, events, and individuals, as well as an educational series about blindness and, most recently, music videos. Jeff produces, edits and shoots with a wide range of individuals and organizations while pursuing funding and grant research for ongoing investigations into Sign Language education in Mexico and immigration to the USA from Latin America. Before relocating to New York, Jeff spent three years in the field of public education, working first as a Latino Achievement Coordinator at a high school, and then at One World Youth Project, a non-profit in Washington DC, where he helped to bring cultural competence and international awareness to students around the world. In 2008, through a KWD Project for Peace Grant, Jeff received funds to equip a media lab on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Southern Mexico with video and audio equipment and train a small indigenous youth group to make short films. The youth group and their work is featured at the end of his award-winning undergraduate thesis film, which received the Betty and Harry S. Shapiro Endowed Award in Anthropology and Brandeis University and is distributed internationally by DER. Jeff's work continues to be informed by a strong background in community media and non-fiction story-telling.

Come see the film that I shot, Directed by Jon Alpert at the Maysles Cinema!
08/14/2018
All For One: Media Enabled Musketeers

Come see the film that I shot, Directed by Jon Alpert at the Maysles Cinema!

U.S. Theatrical PremiereJon Alpert, 2018, 38 minPeople with disabilities are the largest minority in the United States and in Russia. They are ignored or stereotyped in the media. Media Enabled Musketeers changes that by putting cameras in the hands of people with disabilities and letting them tell....

Including #LifeOnParole which will be having an encore airing on @frontlinepbs June 12th
05/26/2018
As Federal Prison Reform Passes the House, 5 Docs to Watch

Including #LifeOnParole which will be having an encore airing on @frontlinepbs June 12th

President Trump has said he will sign the bill, which is aimed at reducing recidivism. Explore five FRONTLINE documentaries on incarceration in America.

Watch FRONTLINE on PBS Tuesday night at 10pm to see our new documentary, Life On Parole: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontli...
07/14/2017
Life on Parole

Watch FRONTLINE on PBS Tuesday night at 10pm to see our new documentary, Life On Parole: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/life-on-parole/

With unique access, go inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. In collaboration with The New York Times, the film follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole.

03/04/2015
Then and Now

Joshua Louis Simon and I made this short documentary called "Then and Now" about our good friend Tessa Venell's recovery from a traumatic brain injury she suffered during a car accident in 2006.

We made this short for the Neuro Film Festival, but we have plans to make a longer version of the film, so please share it and help us build some momentum to make the full project come to fruition!

Tessa Venell sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in 2006 when a car accident in the dark woods of Maine left her in a coma. Her remarkable recovery has...

Back from Russia! What an amazing group of people we met. One to one exchange is the strongest case for world peace--nev...
09/26/2014

Back from Russia! What an amazing group of people we met. One to one exchange is the strongest case for world peace--never been more convinced.

#DCTVNY
#StateDept
#EFnetwork

09/26/2014

Back from Russia! What an amazing group of people we met. One to one exchange is the strongest case for world peace--never been more convinced.

The Media Enabled Musketeers in Moscow and Sergiev Posad, Russia.#DCTVNY#StateDept#EFnetwork
09/22/2014

The Media Enabled Musketeers in Moscow and Sergiev Posad, Russia.
#DCTVNY
#StateDept
#EFnetwork

09/22/2014
Kenny

Currently in Russia screening my short film "Kenny" with the Media Enabled Musketeers!

DCTV #EFnetwork #StateDept

This is "Kenny" by Jeff Arak on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The Fiend Behind the Scenes
11/21/2013

The Fiend Behind the Scenes

Joe wondering if his begonias will freeze tonight...
11/13/2013

Joe wondering if his begonias will freeze tonight...

My second time seeing The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, this time at Brandeis. Presented by the Film, Television...
10/09/2013

My second time seeing The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, this time at Brandeis. Presented by the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program. Moderated by Alice Kelikian. It's a mind fuc% of a film if you get a chance and can sit through the extremely heavy content.

Really enjoyed seeing Roberto and Sergio from Ojo de Agua Comunicación in New York last weekend. Their new short and fe...
09/27/2013

Really enjoyed seeing Roberto and Sergio from Ojo de Agua Comunicación in New York last weekend. Their new short and feature films continue to inspire this filmmaker.

Chroma Tests
09/11/2013

Chroma Tests

A new music video for Carmela King. Produced by Juan J SalazarDirected by Jeff ArakFirst Assistant Director: Joshua Loui...
09/07/2013

A new music video for Carmela King.

Produced by Juan J Salazar
Directed by Jeff Arak
First Assistant Director: Joshua Louis Simon

Cast:
"Victor" - Jonathan Iglesias
"Masoora" - Salma Khan
"Shuai" - Edgar Eguia
"Love Interest/Girl" - Amanda Bital

Supporting Cast:
Victor's Boss: Angelo T. Argudo
Interviewer 1: Raphael Schaeffer
Interviewer 2: Paloma Charles
Interviewer 3: Hema Shah
Interviewer 4: Tatyana Kleyn
Office Secretary: Béryl Viaris de Lesegno
Applicant 1: Lauren Tannenbaum
Applicant 2: Helen Wright
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: Kate Tocci
Shuai's friend: Thomas Ray Hong

First Gaffer: Evan Dalcher
Second Gaffer: Brad Morse
Key Grip: Inga Moren

Production Stills: Tahni Candelaria-Holm of Joyeuse Photography
Production Stills: Ben Summers

Carmela King's Wardrobe: Adrienne Landau Designs

Performed by: Carmela King
Written by: Chucho Monge
Music Arrangement: Reyes & Salazar
Classical Guitar Player: Vilian Ivantchev

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