Zeitgeist Films is a New York-based distribution company founded in 1988. We acquire and distribute the finest independent films from the U.S. and around the world.
Zeitgeist has distributed first films by such notable directors as Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, Atom Egoyan and the Quay Brothers. Our catalog includes films from the world's most outstanding filmmakers including Agnes Varda, Guy Maddin, Olivier Assayas, Jia Zhang-ke, Abbas Kiarostami, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Philippe Garrel, Yvonne Rainer, Jan Svankmajer, Andrei Zyvagintsev, Laura Poitras, Astra Taylor and Raoul Peck.
Zeitgeist is renowned for 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, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Our films have been honored by festivals throughout the world with Grand Prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA in Amsterdam.
The Museum of Modern Art honored Zeitgeist with a month-long, 20th anniversary retrospective of our films in 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 before being hired as Zeitgeist’s first employee. Having always had an interest in graphic design he started to create flyers and ads and eventually posters for the company before officially becoming Design Director in 2000 when Zeitgeist launched its home video label. Adrian also writes about movie posters for Film Comment and MUBI.