Ordinary people. Extraordinary stories.


Under the moniker of Fertigová Films, producer/director 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 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., 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.

In addition to working independently as Fertigová Films, Ruth Fertig also produces videos for non-profit organizations and United Nations 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 Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. She was formerly an associate producer and researcher for film and television documentaries. 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.