Seth Kramer




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Seth Kramer

Seth Kramer has been producing, writing, and directing award-winning documentaries for more than a decade. Seth co-directed, co-shot, and co-edited The Linguists, which world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival to fantastic buzz, blogs, and reviews: "The talk of the town at Sundance" - Reuters; "A fascinating journey" - Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times; "Funny, enlightening and ultimately uplifting" - Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star. The first film funded by the National Science Foundation ever at Sundance, The Linguists is currently screening at film festivals and other venues around the world, and will air on PBS February 26, 2009. Seth's other recent work includes Moment in Time, a short documentary which premiered as the centerpiece to ESPN's Olympic coverage; and a 50-foot video wall for the new Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, anchored on Manhattan's West Side.

In 2003, Seth was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming for Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans (PBS, 2002). Entertainment Weekly gave it an "A" and called it a "grim, searing documentary." New York Post gave it four stars and characterized it as a "vivid retelling of events." The program won official selection in Jewish film festivals in Denver, New York, Washington, Toronto, and Australia.

Seth produced and wrote America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero, for which Mayor Rudolph Giuliani granted exclusive access to film cleanup and recovery at the World Trade Center site. Narrated by two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, America Rebuilds premiered September 10, 2002, as PBS's signature broadcast of its 9/11-anniversary programming. Arizona Republic said the show "neither exploits the tragedy... nor allows us to forget its impact." New York Post ranked the program among its five favorites about 9/11. New York Newsday's Marvin Kitman called it "the one show I will be watching." Time observed, "We could have used more coverage that looked forward, like the PBS documentary America Rebuilds."

America Rebuilds was so successful that it launched the production of a multiyear trilogy. America Rebuilds II: Return to Ground Zero, which Seth also produced and wrote, premiered September 11, 2006, as PBS's signature broadcast of its 9/11-five-year-anniversary programming. Narrated by two-time Emmy Award-winner Mariska Hargitay, the show was praised by New York Newsday as "life-affirming," as "detailed ... concise ... moving," and New York Daily News as "a valuable service." America Rebuilds III: Ground Zero Rebuilt is scheduled for the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.

Seth produced and wrote The Big Dig, which aired in the four-part series Great Projects: The Building of America (PBS, 2002). The Big Dig chronicles the politics and engineering of Boston's Central Artery and Tunnel Project, the grandest, most technically complicated, and costliest urban highway project ever attempted. Boston Herald's John Ruch called it "exciting--detailed and fascinating."

Seth produced and wrote The Empire State Building (Discovery, 1999), which aired as an episode of the series On the Inside during its premiere week. He co-produced A Tale of Two Rivers for the Great Projects series (PBS, 2002) and Adolf Eichmann: Hitler's Master of Death (A&E Biography, 1997).

Seth produced and directed Untitled (1994), which explores the magnitude of the Holocaust, for the New York Jewish Museum exhibit Too Jewish? Untitled toured for six years with Witness and Legacy, an exhibit of Holocaust art, and received the Black Maria Film Festival Director's Choice Award.

Seth co-founded Ironbound Films in 2003. He lives in Red Hook, New York, with his wife Kristen, their daughter Lillian, and their pit bull Celia.