Biography: Jamie Meltzer began his filmmaking career as a news stringer, shooting natural disasters, police chases and fires for San Francisco Bay Area TV News. His ten-minute documentary, Pegasus (1998), chronicled the adventures of a gay motorcycle club on a joy ride in Marin County. Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. They include Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Independent Lens, 2003) about the shadowy world of song-poems, Welcome to Nollywood, an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry (PBS broadcast, 2008), La Caminata (2009), a short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction, and Informant (2012), which examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood. Informant won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC, and the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Austin Film Festival. Among other accomplishments, Jamie Meltzer has also taught in the Documentary Film and Video M.F.A. Program at Stanford University.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Welcome to Nollywood (2008).
Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (2003);
Welcome to Nollywood (2007);
La Caminata (2009);