Jeff Springer was born in an abandoned town in the California desert, raised in Hawaii, and educated at USC Film School. After working at a dilapidated film studio in Russia, he returned to LA and began editing cheesy (but action packed) promos for record companies and TV networks like NBC, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Capitol Records. Eventually he found himself on Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch, editing behind-the-scenes documentaries for a not-very-well received science fiction prequel.
Craving the strange and unexpected, he co-directed the offbeat feature documentary PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA, which was narrated by indie film icon John Waters. The film went on to screen at 200 film festivals worldwide, win 37 awards for Best Documentary, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.
After working abroad in both London and Berlin, Springer has gone on to photograph and edit several feature documentaries, including EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE about the legendary rock-ska-funk band. The film was narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne, premiered on PBS, and is somehow listed on RottenTomatoes.com as the 31st Best Documentary of All Time.
He recently produced and photographed the hour-long documentary special THE STATE OF CREATIVITY for KCET in Los Angeles and is a frequent contributor to their show ARTBOUND.
Name: Jeff Springer
Lives in: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Cinematographer, Director, Director of Photography, Filmmaker, Camera Operator and Videographer
Rodents of Unusual Size
Film (Documentary) Cinematographer The fragile wetlands of Louisiana are under relentless attack by legions of 20 pound semi-aquatic invasive rodents known as the nutria, which have greatly accelerated coastal erosion and made the bayou much more vulnerable to hurricanes. Keeping the giant swamp rats at bay are a group of colorful and off-beat residents, who are in the midst of defending their land, culture, and way-of-life. Invasive species, environmental issues, and a unique group of people are colliding at the edge of the world in an attempt to restore and protect coastal Louisiana before it disappears. Written by Tilapia Film
Television (News) Cinematographer Episode 1 visits Riverside County where the duo known as the Date Farmers are re-writing pop surrealism, Orange County where two Muslim-American women are creating a fashion line, San Bernardino County where there is an artist colony inhabiting Jackrabbit Homesteads, Palm Springs where mid-century modern architecture is getting a revival. Also features a location hopping performance by turntable master Cut Chemist. Written by Anonymous
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
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
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.
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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
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
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
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
Film (Drama and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Hoping to escape a troubled past and to start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age and Hawaii is not the paradise she expected. As Riyo comes to terms with her new home, she discovers a land full of hardship, struggle--and unexpected joy. Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts