Jacob is a documentary filmmaker and founder of This Machine Media, a documentary production company committed to sparking civic engagement through storytelling. His films explore themes of religion, migration, and concepts of sacred space. Jacob is also the Communications and Projects Specialist at the NYU Bronfman Center, where he trains university students in ethical storytelling, focusing primarily on stories of Jewish identity and expression. Most recently, Jacob launched the podcast series Opening the Tent, highlighting diverse stories of inclusion and belonging in the Jewish community of New York. He received his BFA in Film & Television magna cum laude from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with a minor in Hebrew & Judaic Studies. Jacob is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, with a concentration in Nonprofit Advocacy and Political Action. He was born and raised in Queens, NY.
Updated April 2020
More from Jacob Fertig
Documentary on How New York's Chinatown is Adapting to Change
Senior Fellow Jacob Fertig, along with Carin Leong and Madeline Chen created a new mini documentary titled Year of the Ox. This film is about how he children who grew up in the neighborhood are harnessing technology to help revive the neighborhood.
Searching for Aramsayesh Gah - Documentary on Refugee Detention
Senior Fellow Jacob Fertig is producing a new documentary titled "Searching for Aramsayesh Gah," which examines the architecture and trauma of refugee detention.
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship
We thank the members of our Admissions Committee for the Landecker Democracy Fellowship 2020/21. From August 3 to September 28, 2020 members of the Admissions Committee read over 260 applications and interviewed more than 90 finalists.
Humanity in Action announces the participants of its Forum on Right-Wing Movements
Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the participants in its Forum "Populism, Nationalism and Right-Wing Movements on the Rise – Societies in Transition," which will take place in Berlin in March 2020!
Launching Web Conversations Series with Reflections on Antisemitism
Launching our Web Conversations series: The idea is to take a topic critical to our work and ask Fellows, Senior Fellows, board members, staff members and friends of the organization to present talks, essays, images and suggested readings that deal with the subject.
Home is a Nation of Ghosts
For one thousand years, Jews called Poland home. And for one month last summer I ventured back to the country my great-grandparents fled, following the lines of the Warsaw ghetto wall, hoping to rediscover some remnants of home.
What Solidarity Sounds Like
What does the word 'solidarity' truly mean? 2019 Warsaw Fellow Jacob Fertig ponders.
2019 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2019 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
Humanity in Action Announces the 2019 US Fellows Cohort