|WEST CITY FILMS was founded by Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan. We make a wide range of media, including documentaries, dramas, commercials and interactives. Our work includes independent films and work commissioned by TV networks, corporations, non-profits and other institutions.|
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STEVEN ASCHER is an Academy-Award nominated
Troublesome Creek: a Midwestern (co-directed with Jeanne Jordan)
Ascher and Jordan's feature documentary, So Much So Fast premiered at Sundance, was released theatrically to critical acclaim, and
Raising Renee, part III in the Families in Trouble trilogy, premiered at Full Frame, won the Audience Award at Independent Film Festival Boston and Best Documentary at the Syracuse Film Festival. It was broadcast on HBO, Knowledge Canada, SVT Sweden and AVRO Netherlands. The film was nominated for a 2013 Emmy (Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming).
Among his awards are the Prix Italia, an Emmy, a Peabody award and an International Documentary Association Distinguished Achievement Award. He was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award and an Independent Spirit Award. He received the Michael DeBakey Journalism Award and an Insight Award from the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists.
He is author of The Filmmaker's Handbook: a Comprehensive Guide
Ascher produced, wrote and directed the drama, Del & Alex, starring Thomas Derrah and Polly Corman (broadcast on A&E and many European networks). He and Ed Pincus directed the feature documentary, Life and Other Anxieties; a newly restored version screened at Lincoln Center in 2012. He has produced and directed several pieces for PBS Newshour, films for the PBS series Art Close Up, which won and were nominated for Emmys, and an episode of the Emmy-nominated Postcards From Buster.
He has directed TV and Web spots and marketing, branding and training videos for major corporations, government agencies and nonprofits including Disney, Sheraton, Cisco Systems, Health Dialog, McGraw Hill, Biogen, FM Global, Deloitte & Touche, the Texas Rangers, and the IRS, and has served as a consultant for Web and video strategy for such clients as Harvard Business School Publishing. He has received numerous awards for his corporate work, including Gold and Silver Remis, Gold Brandon Hall Excellence Award, Silver Telly Awards, Gold Hermes Creative, Platinum Empixx, and Gold Health Sciences Communications Association Award.
He has produced and directed installations for museums and institutions around the
world including the Australian National Maritime Museum,
He graduated from Harvard University
summa cum laude. He has taught
Ascher has advised and contributed to a great many film productions. He and Jordan are currently Executive Producers of the ITVS-supported film, Deej.
Ascher's writing on film has appeared in publications
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