Jacob Fertig is a NYC-based filmmaker and impact producer whose work unites documentary traditions and social action. He is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Denizen Studios, an interdisciplinary production company committed to sparking civic engagement through nonfiction storytelling. His work explores themes of migration and sacred space. He is a Senior Fellow at Humanity in Action, a 2021 Doc Society Art & Impact Fellow, a 2021 NYU Feature Development Studio Fellow, and a 2019 Full Frame Fellow. His work has been featured in the Guardian, the Independent, Tablet, the Australian Book Review, New York Magazine, openDemocracy, and NY Daily News. Jacob holds a BFA from the NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, and an MPA in Advocacy and Political Action from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also the Senior Development Manager at the NYU Bronfman Center, where he engages global stakeholders in supporting the development of the next generation of Jewish leaders. He resides on Canarsee land of the Leni Lenape people and pays tribute to stewards past, present, and emerging.
Updated June 2022
More from Jacob Fertig
A Safe Haven on the Sea
Senior Fellow Jacob Fertig’s article on the surprising journeys that Jewish refugees took to Shanghai to escape the Nazis was recently published in Tablet Magazine.
Behind the Blood Ban
Senior Fellow Jacob Fertig’s Article on blood donor discrimination was recently published in Tablet Magazine.
2019 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2019 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
Searching for Aramsayesh Gah - Documentary on Refugee Detention
Senior Fellow Jacob Fertig is producing a new documentary titled "Searching for Aramsayesh Gah," which examines the architecture and trauma of refugee detention.
Documentary on How New York's Chinatown is Adapting to Change
Senior Fellow Jacob Fertig, along with Carin Leong and Madeline Chen created a new mini documentary titled Year of the Ox. This film is about how he children who grew up in the neighborhood are harnessing technology to help revive the neighborhood.
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship 2020/21. From August 3 to September 28, 2020 members of the Admissions Committee read over 260 applications and interviewed more than 90 finalists.
Humanity in Action announces the participants of its Forum on Right-Wing Movements
Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the participants in its Forum "Populism, Nationalism and Right-Wing Movements on the Rise – Societies in Transition," which will take place in Berlin in March 2020!
Launching Web Conversations Series with Reflections on Antisemitism
Launching our Web Conversations series: The idea is to take a topic critical to our work and ask Fellows, Senior Fellows, board members, staff members and friends of the organization to present talks, essays, images and suggested readings that deal with the subject.
Home is a Nation of Ghosts
For one thousand years, Jews called Poland home. And for one month last summer I ventured back to the country my great-grandparents fled, following the lines of the Warsaw ghetto wall, hoping to rediscover some remnants of home.
What Solidarity Sounds Like
What does the word 'solidarity' truly mean? 2019 Warsaw Fellow Jacob Fertig ponders.