Zeitgeist Films is a New York-based distribution company founded in 1988 which acquires and distributes the finest independent films from the U.S. and around the world.
Zeitgeist has distributed first films by notable directors Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, the Quay Brothers and Gianni di Gregorio. Their catalog includes films from the world's most outstanding filmmakers including Agnes Varda, Guy Maddin, Olivier Assayas, Jia Zhang-ke, Atom Egoyan, Abbas Kiarostami, Jennifer Baichwal, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Philippe Garrel, Yvonne Rainer, Jan Svankmajer, Andrei Zyvagintsev, Laura Poitras, Astra Taylor, Raoul Peck, Gonzalo Arijon, Greta Schiller, Sergey Dvortsevoy and Jacques Demy.
Zeitgeist is renowned for their ground-breaking documentaries which include THE CORPORATION, TROUBLE THE WATER, LAST TRAIN HOME, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, BALLETS RUSSES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES, INTO GREAT SILENCE, THE GLEANERS AND I, DERRIDA, UP THE YANGTZE and BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK.
Six Zeitgeist films have been nominated for Academy Awards and one (NOWHERE IN AFRICA) has won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Their films have been honored by festivals throughout the world with Grand Prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and IFDA in Amsterdam.
The Museum of Modern Art honored Zeitgeist with a month-long retrospective of their films in Summer 2008.
Nancy Gerstman is co-president and co-founder of Zeitgeist Films. She has worked in all aspects of film distribution and exhibition including a stint at Landmark Theatre Corp., the largest independent theatre chain in the US. She is in demand as a juror, panelist and commentator on issues related to independent and foreign language film and is Permanent Artist-in-Residence in the Master's Program in Media and Communication Arts at CCNY. She was born in Queens, New York.
Emily Russo is co-president and co-founder of Zeitgeist Films. Born and raised in Roslyn Long Island, she graduated in 1980 from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Cinema Studies. For several years following her academic career, she resided in Heidelberg where she studied German (and learned what "Zeitgeist" means). She formally entered the film business in Munich, Germany, where she served as a production coordinator for a popular children's television program. Prior to founding Zeitgeist Films she was Head of Theatrical Sales at Interama Inc., which specialized in French language releases. She has served on numerous film festival juries and frequently participates on panels concerning the independent film business.
Adrian Curry is the Design Director at Zeitgeist Films and has worked with the company since 1991. Born in the UK, Adrian studied English Literature at University College London and worked briefly in the second hand book trade in Paris and London before coming to New York in 1989. He worked at New Yorker Films for a year before being hired as Zeitgeist's first employee in 1991. Having always had a great interest in graphic design he started to design flyers and ads and eventually posters for the company before officially becoming Design Director in 2000 when Zeitgeist launched its home video label. Adrian currently writes a weekly column about movie posters for mubi.com.
Clemence Taillandier is the Head of Theatrical Sales and Festivals. She joined Zeitgeist in 2000. Born in France, she studied economics, marketing and management in France and Canada and has been living in the US since 1998. Previously, she worked at the French Consulate and Cultural Services in New York and earlier, while in France, she was the Assistant Publicist/Translator for an International Children’s Film Festival, and the Festival Coordinator and Assistant Publicist for the International Film Festival in Seine-Saint-Denis. Special note: She loves dark chocolate and would book the hell out of your film if you promise her some!
Ian Stimler is the Director of Home Media Sales, overseeing DVD and digital sales for the company. Ian launched the Zeitgeist DVD division in 2000, setting up all wholesale accounts and laying out the DVD distribution network. During this time Ian also founded his own DVD boutique label KimStim and in 2008 was essential in the creation of the DVD division for Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories. Ian is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Bard College. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Shannon Attaway is Zeitgeist Films' Director of Home Media/Digital Production, managing the creative, editorial and publicity facets of that division since 2002. A native of South Texas (a region that also produced country legend Freddie Fender, Farrah Fawcett, Selena and Eva Longoria), Shannon has a BA in psychology from Texas A&M University and an MA in cinema studies from New York University. Prior to joining Zeitgeist, she was for five years an Editorial Director and Producer for The Criterion Collection. Her leisure-time interests include avocados, deer crafts, shrimp cocktail and Douglas Sirk melodramas.
Cristela Henriquez handles the financial and administrative tasks at Zeitgeist Films. She is from Houston, Texas, where she studied at the High School For Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and worked part time at the Exxon Corporate headquarters. After changing her mind about the law field and the oil industry, she went on to study at the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with honors from the Radio, Television, and Film program. She moved to New York to learn more about the independent film industry. She assisted on a PBS documentary and eventually landed an internship at Zeitgeist Films. She has been with Zeitgeist Films for ten years and is still fascinated with the evolution of art house cinema.
Benjamin Crossley-Marra is the Director of Theatrical Marketing and has worked for Zeitgeist since 2009. He grew up in upstate New York where he attended college and has degrees in both Film and English. He has worked in the film industry since graduating and his previous experience includes posts at The Independent Filmmaker Project, The Tribeca Film Festival and Posteritati. He is an avid cinephile and his interests in distance running, vintage cocktails, hiking and attempting to get into botany (with mixed results).
Brett Holman is both the Home Media and Theatrical Shipping Associate. He hails from Vermont (represent!), where a hobby of movie-watching eventually lead him to an undergraduate degree in movie-watching from NYU's Cinema Studies department. Before coming to Zeitgeist in 2012, he worked at BoomGen Studios, SeeThink Films, and IFC Films. He enjoys running and the soundtracks from Nicolas Winding Refn movies. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.