Bio


Jamie Meltzer’s documentary films include: Off the Charts: the Song-Poem Story, about the shadowy world of song-poems, Welcome to Nollywood, an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry, La Caminata, about a small town in Mexico that puts on a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction, and Informant, about a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant.

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Art & Art History

Honors & Awards


  • Best Documentary Award, Informant, Fargo Film Festival, Fargo, ND (2013)
  • Best Editing Award, Informant, Salem Film Festival, Salem, MA (2013)
  • Grand Jury Award, Informant, Sebastopol Film Festival, Sebastopol, CA (2013)
  • Grand Jury Award, Informant, DocNYC, Manhattan, NY (2012)
  • Best Feature Documentary Award, Informant, Austin Film Festival, Austin, TX (2012)
  • CINE Golden Eagle competition, Informant, WINNER, CINE Golden Eagle (2012)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Faculty Mentor/Course Development, Stanford University
  • Faculty Advisor, REVS Documentary (2013 - 2013)
  • Educational Liaison, Between the San Francisco Film Society and Stanford’s M.F.A. Documentary Film Program (2013 - 2013)
  • Jury Member, Short film Jury for the Independent Documentary Association (2012 - 2012)
  • Jury Member, Short film Jury for the Independent Documentary Association (2013 - 2013)
  • Educational Board Member, CINE (2008 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, English and Film (1996)
  • Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco State University, Cinema (2002)

2020-21 Courses