Jeremiah Zagar

Born to hippie artists, Jeremiah Zagar grew up in South Philly spending most afternoons in a dark movie theater or wandering the aisles of his local TLA video store. Later, on trips home from Emerson College, he started filming his parents, resulting in the documentary, In A Dream, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and screened theatrically across the US and in film festivals around the world. It was broadcast on HBO, shortlisted for an Academy Award and received two Emmy nominations, including Best Documentary. His next feature-length documentary, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO to much fanfare in 2014. He directed and co-wrote the feature We The Animals – based on Justin Torres’ best-selling novel of the same name – which was selected for the Sundance Directing and Screenwriting Lab fellowships and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His latest work, the documentary series The Fix, based on Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, is now streaming on Roku.j

Talks

For My Brother

By Jeremiah Zagar | February 9, 2022

For My Brother

Jeremiah Zagar on the very personal reason he was motivated to make The Fix, his new Roku docuseries on the truth about drug addiction.

Storyboarding We the Animals

By Jeremiah Zagar | August 20, 2018

Storyboarding We the Animals

The director and co-writer of We the Animals discusses putting his film on paper before he made it, and shares storyboards from the movie.