Hello from Team Gaza; Malak Mattar, Laila Kassab, Maysa Yousef, Basel Magousi, Ayman Mghmaim, Rami Eisa, Jamie Jackson and myself, Maurice Jacobsen as project coordintor. All bios can be found by linking to: www.artundersiege.com My personal bio follows; Maurice Jacobsen is an independent media producer/director who has worked throughout the world for the past forty years. After completing projects produced for PBS (Dialogue, Will Our Children Thank Us?) and Discovery Channel Europe (Expedition 360), he began working in the Middle East in 2002 with funding from KQED-TV, San Francisco on the online documentary Jerusalem: A Living History. Prior to the pandemic he balanced time between freelance assignments and independent documentary production, commuting between the U.S., Israel/Palestine and Europe on a regular basis. He is currently based in San Francisco. In 2013 he produced the multimedia project Facing Al Aqaba a photographic essay of each resident of this West Bank community that opened at ArtPrize 2013. Here the installation was shortlisted for awards in two categories, the only project such honored. Mr. Jacobsen has lived and worked in the Gaza Strip for 16 months, producing the feature length documentary titled We All Live in Gaza, as well as producing projects for Gaza based NGOs Oxfam and Mercy Corps. While in the territory he was commissioned by Press TV to produce two documentaries titled Shelled and Encircled both of which aired internationally and are currently in distribution. Mr. Jacobsen has a BA in Film Production from the University of Denver and has studied at the American Film Institute Digital Content Lab, Los Angeles where he specialized in the production of interactive online documentary programming. He has taught on the faculties of American University, Washington, DC, The New School for Social Research, New York and The University of Bridgeport. While in The Gaza Strip he conducted video production workshops for aspiring journalists under a USAid sponsored program coordinated by InterNews. Prior to his work in the Middle East Mr. Jacobsen was a producer with Video Free America, San Francisco where he was involved in the production and editing of projects throughout the world for clients ranging from Cisco Systems to the San Francisco Unified School District. He has also served as Senior Producer with CityTV in Los Angeles for five years and was Director of Program Development for United Cable Television of Los Angeles. He is the recipient of numerous programming awards including four Emmy nominations in local documentary programming and national first place honors from the National Cable Television Association and the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers both in documentary production.
Maurice's ArtPrize Entries
These are Maurice's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Maurice's Past Work
These are images of past work that Maurice has done.