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 (documentary gold) as well as a CINE Golden Eagle and several film festival honors.
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 as a “one-woman band” 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 Domestic Violence Hotline.
She has researched and produced film and television documentaries directed by Barbara Kopple, RJ Cutler, Edet Belzberg, and Morgan Spurlock, for outlets including ABC, NBC, VH1, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and A&E. 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.