Mr. Jeff Swimmer
Associate Professor, Director, International Programs for Dodge College
- MKS 349
- (714) 744-7053
- University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts
Northwestern University, Master of Science
- It's one thing to see the devastation from a natural disaster on television, but to be there in person to film the devastation as the wreckage of people's lives is thrown into military trucks is life altering. Jeff Swimmer has traveled the world only to watch that world be transformed before his eyes.
While most of us only dream of flying over Istanbul, walking across volcanoes in Hawaii, and being in the epicenter of the tsunami that hit Indonesia, Jeff Swimmer can only smile and say, "Somewhere down the road I got really lucky, being able to pursue my childhood dream of traveling." Working with brand networks such as NBS, CNN, National Geographic and the Discovery channel, Jeff has seen it all.
During the production of several documentary projects, Jeff discovered an interest in teaching and now oversees the International Documentary program at Dodge, where he encourages students to pursue exactly what they want. "There is only so much you can learn in the classroom, but to go overseas and work with an international program improves the learning curve of students in ways that they can't even imagine. The overall transformation is amazing."
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
**Developed and began writing book for publication: "Documentary Case Studies." Book closely examines the most successful and challenging films made by the world's leading documentary filmmakers, exploring how they were conceived, produced and how challenges were overcome during the entire process. Expect publication in Summer 2012.
**Developed and began work on a one-hour documentary film for public television and festivals about the "Jazz Ambassadors" of the 1950s to present day, hired by the State Department to act as musical envoys for American ideals in trouble spots around the globe. I am a Producer, Director and Writer. Expected to be complete by Fall 2012.
**Organized filming and creation of short documentary about the Heritage Museum of Orange County, for Judge Jim Gray. May 2010. Oversaw student filmmakers creating the short film.