Jeff Swimmer is Associate Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where he teaches Documentary Production and oversees several of Dodge’s renowned International Documentary programs. He has taught at Dodge since 2008.
He is an award-winning Director, Producer and Writer of documentary films on both sides of the Atlantic. His programs have aired on BBC, PBS, NBC NEWS, HBO, A&E, CNN, DISCOVERY, THE HISTORY CHANNEL, TRAVEL CHANNEL, ARTE and many others. His films have examined a wide range of topics, including historical films, political documentaries, and documentaries about wildlife, natural history and adventure.
He has also taught documentary filmmaking at numerous programs in the United States and Europe. His 2001 “Northern Ireland: Dying For Peace” (Supervising Producer, CNN) won a DuPont Award.
He is a 2018 Fulbright Scholar, having just completed a 2-week assignment conducting multi-day documentary workshops at film schools in South Africa. He is also the author of the popular 2015 textbook, “Documentary Case Studies: Behind The Scenes Of The Greatest (True) Stories Ever Told.” (Bloomsbury, New York and London).
He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Gayle Gilman, CEO of digital content production company Ripple Entertainment, and four children.