tells stories of everyday people with extraordinary lives.


Under the moniker of Fertigová Films, documentary producer/director Ruth Fertig tells stories of ordinary people who have led fascinating lives. Three short films have been released: 

YIZKOR, (2009) based on her grandmother’s memoirs of love and loss during the Holocaust, won the 2010 Student Academy Award as well as a CINE Golden Eagle and several film festival honors. 

TWO SPIRITS, (2007) which explores Native American LGBT rights activist Joey Criddle’s past and present identities and communities, is part of Frameline’s Voices program available on YouTube.

THE COCKROACH PROJECT (2005) profiles four people whose livelihoods are linked to the eponymous insect, while documenting the filmmaker’s quest to conquer her own roach phobia.

Her work has screened at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in the United Nations General Assembly, and at film festivals internationally as well as airing on PBS stations, Free Speech TV, and the Documentary Channel.

In addition to working independently as Fertigová Films, Ruth Fertig also produces videos for humanitarian organizations and social services agencies and was formerly an associate producer and researcher for film and television documentaries. She has produced and directed videos for the United Nations, International Rescue Committee, American Gateways (formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin) and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. Her MFA in Film and Video Production is from the University of Texas at Austin and she has a B.A. in History from Columbia University.