Jeffrey Schwarz is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and producer based in Los Angeles. His latest documentary feature is "I Am Divine," about the international drag superstar and John Waters’ leading lady. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March, 2013 and is currently on the festival circuit. I Am Divine will be released on DVD & VOD by Wolfe Video in 2014.
His previous documentary feature is HBO Documentary Films’ "Vito," about the beloved gay activist and author of "The Celluloid Closet," Vito Russo. It premiered at the 2011 New York Film Festival, and made its television debut on HBO in July, 2012. Vito received an Emmy for Outstanding Research at the 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, as well as a 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
Previous documentaries include "Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story," about the legendary Hollywood showman. It won the 2007 AFI Fest Documentary Audience Award among many other festival honors, was released in 2009 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and is currently airing on Turner Classic Movies. "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon" (2008), the award-winning portrait of adult film star Jack Wrangler, is distributed by TLA Releasing and plays regularly on the LOGO network.
Schwarz’ production company, Automat Pictures, is a leading producer of studio EPKs (electronic press kit), Blu-ray and DVD content, original television programming, and documentary feature films. Since the company’s founding in 2000, he has produced content on major studio releases for directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Sam Mendes, Wes Craven, Rob Reiner, Joe Dante, Barry Sonnenfeld, Adam Shankman, Paul Verhoeven, John Carpenter, Paul W.S. Anderson, Chris Columbus, Sidney Lumet, and the Coen Brothers. Television productions include Starz’s "Sex and the Cinema," "In the Gutter," "Hitchcocked!" and "Shooting the Police: Cops on Film," IFC’s "Reservoir Dogs Revisited" and "Still Swingin’", and multiple episodes of "HBO First Look." In 2010, Automat Pictures provided exclusive backstage content for the Academy Awards produced by Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.
He is currently in production on "Tab Hunter Confidential," a biographical portrait of the 1950s screen heartthrob.