Born in Manhattan, Jane Weiner studied film at San Francisco State. In 1972, she left California to work with cinema vérité filmmaker Richard Leacock at M.I.T., about whom she created several films La Camera Passe-Partout (in French) (2011), Ricky on Leacock (2012), and A Camera That Goes Anywhere (2013). She’s made her home in France for the last 25 years.
Since 1984, her international work on films as Producer, Co-Producer, Executive Producer, Author, Co-Author, Director has garnered many accolades:
USA: 2x Emmys – one Best Regional, one Best Documentary; 2x Sundance Film Festival awards – one Grand Prix and one Jury Prize; Los Angeles Critics Award; the Peabody Prize and San Francisco Golden Gate Award.
France: Palme d’Argent at FIPA television festival; the Grand Prix at Vue sur les Docs; the L’Etoile scientific film award at La SCAM audio-visual authors’ competition and the Grand prix Environmental-Festival du film documentaire de politiques publiques.
International: UNESCO Best Documentary Film; Berlin Film Festival Teddy Award; the Prix Europa for best documentary; the Prix Italia for best television documentary; the Jury Prize at Visions de Réel; ‘Best of series’ for European Broadcast Union-Arts television award; Special Mention-Biografilm Film Festival, Italy; and Laurel selection at the World Documentary Awards.