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Under the moniker of Fertigová Films, Ruth Fertig has released three short documentaries: 

YIZKOR, (2009) based on her grandmother’s memoirs of love and loss during the Holocaust, won the 2010 Student Academy Award (documentary gold) 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 personal identity and community, 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., the United Nations in New York, and at film festivals internationally, as well as airing on PBS stations, Free Speech TV, and the Documentary Channel.

As a film and television producer, she has contributed to documentaries directed by Barbara Kopple, RJ Cutler, Edet Belzberg, and Morgan Spurlock, for outlets including HBO, Hulu, ABC, NBC, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and A&E. Additionally, she creates videos for non-profit organizations and UN agencies, including the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations News Centre, the United Nations Population Fund, the Political Asylum Project of Austin, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Her MFA in Film and Video Production is from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Hutchison Fellow, and she has a B.A. in History from Columbia University.


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