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David Zeiger

David Zeiger created, produced and directed the 13 part documentary series, Senior Year, for broadcast on PBS in January 2002. The series follows a group of 15 students at Fairfax High, the most diverse school in Los Angeles, through their last year in high school. About the series, Entertainment Weekly wrote "Others have tried to document high school life, but this series succeeds where those drier efforts failed. High school is a time for experimentation, and finally, a truly experimental filmmaker is there." Senior Year will be broadcast in Europe this year on Planate Cable.

The Band, his tribute to his son's generation, aired on the PBS series P.O.V. in 1998. It has screened at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam and AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, and was awarded "Best Documentary" and "Best of Show" at the Central Florida Film Festival. The Band was broadcast in 2000 on the French/German network La Sept ARTE.

Displaced in the New South aired in the United States on PBS in 1996 -- and on The Discovery Channel International in 1997. That film looks at life in and around Atlanta from the point of view of Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants. It's festival screenings include the Chicago Latino, Cine Acción Latino, South by Southwest, Doubletake and San Francisco Asian American Film Festivals. Displaced in the New South was the inspiration for the Indigo Girls' single "Shame on You," featured on their 1997 release Shaming of the Sun.

Funny Old Guys is, in essence, an ode to his father and the world he came from. The film was broadcast on HBO2 in the summer of 2003 as part of an excellent series of independent films called Still Kicking, Still Laughing.

Prior to producing films, David Zeiger was a still photographer, creating photo essays for Atlanta Magazine and numerous exhibits along with production and publicity photos for most of the Atlanta theater community. Coming out of the anti-war and radical movements of the 1960s, he spent many years as an organizer, carpenter, and cotton mill worker, with a few years kind of lost in between.