Professor Jeremy Kagan is an internationally recognized director, writer, and producer of feature films and television. His most recent feature SHOT is about what one bullet does to many lives. Among his past feature film credits are Heroes about a returning vet, the political thriller The Big Fix, The Chosen (two-time Grand Prize winner) based on the classic novel, and The Journey of Natty Gann (Gold Prize Moscow Film Festival) about a young girl on her own during the depression. Among his television shows are Katherine: The Making of an American Revolutionary, about the radicalization of a young woman, and HBO’s Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (ACE Award for Best Dramatic Special).
His film Roswell, The UFO Cover-Up garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Other television films include, The Color of Justice about racism, Bobbie’s Girl about a lesbian couple, and Crown Heights about the 1991 riots. This movie won the Humanitas Award for “affirming the dignity of every person.” Professor Kagan has won an EMMY for Dramatic Series Directing and directed many television shows including West Wing, Steven Spielberg’s Taken, and the pilot for the hit series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. He produced and directed a ten-part series called Freedom Files on issues of social justice including racial profiling, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, the drug wars, dissent, women’s rights, and religious freedom. As a full tenured professor at USC, he teaches graduate courses at the School of Cinematic Arts and has created the Change Making Media Lab researching and producing socially responsible cinema. He is the author of three book – Directors Close Up vol 1 and vol 2 and the eTextbook KEY TO DIRECTING. He has taught master classes around the world.