Jeff Springer

Jeff Springer

Cinematographer, Director, Director of Photography, Filmmaker, Camera Operator and Videographer

New York City, New York

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About Jeff

Jeff Springer is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and freelance cinematographer who has worked for PBS, NBC, Al Jazeera, the Sundance Channel, Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Mother Jones, as well as brands such as Nike and Microsoft. His first feature documentary went to over 200 film festivals, won 37 awards for Best Documentary, and is rated 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. As a cinematographer he has shot countless documentaries and branded videos, using his strong background in editing to not just create beautiful images, but to also build compelling visual stories. His latest feature documentary RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE, about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana, was funded by PBS, is rated 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and was broadcast nationally on Independent Lens. He has lived in Afghanistan, Russia, London, Berlin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and is now based in New York.


  • Artbound

    Artbound (2013 - 2019)
    Television by KCET (Documentary) Cinematographer Several short documentaries on art and artists in Southern California for the Emmy award winning show.

  • 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel

    3 Seconds Behind the Wheel (2018)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • Rodents of Unusual Size

    Rodents of Unusual Size (2013 - 2017)
    Film by Tilapia Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats. Known as "nutria", these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.

  • Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

    Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (2011)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

    Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2010)
    Film (Documentary and Music) Cinematographer From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose and became one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and the political order of the music industry and of the nation. EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one. Written by Pale Griot Film

  • Natural Heroes

    Natural Heroes (2009)
    Television (Documentary) Cinematographer NATURAL HEROES is the Emmy Award-winning Public Television series showcasing independent films about people making positive environmental changes for our world.

  • American Dreamers

    American Dreamers (2007 - 2008)
    Television by Michael Jacobs (Reality-TV) Cinematographer 11 part web series on eccentric artists for streaming on Crackle.

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2008)
    Television (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods.

  • Long Division: The Next Big Threat to Democracy

    Long Division: The Next Big Threat to Democracy (2004)
    Film (Documentary and Comedy) Cinematographer For many years, economists have thought about the logic of voting and many have concluded, why bother? At the heart of this story is one of the world's greatest living economists, Public Choice theorist, Gordon Tullock. This loveable curmudgeon just doesn't believe a rational person would vote - and vote Tullock does not. At the same time he believes that democracy is the best form of government. How can it be then, that voting, the very thing without which there would be no democracy, is merely an irrational exercise to him? So, what is behind Tullock's thinking? Through pixilated animations, arcane historical footage, and disembodied interviews, this piece puts into pictures the reasoning in Tullock's mind. The point at which the sheer mathematics of 'rational abstention' meets real life, is where this surreal tale begins. Written by Anonymous

  • Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea

    Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)
    Film (Documentary) Cinematographer Renowned cult film director John Waters narrates this quirky exploration of the Salton Sea, the massive Southern California lake that was created by accident a century ago, became a popular desert resort and has since developed into a refuge for a community of oddballs. Written by Anonymous


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