Jeff and Michael Zimbalist are Emmy and Peabody Award winning writers, directors, and editors whose films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, Showtime, MTV, IFC, FOX, PBS, ESPN, CBS, Channel 4, the BBC and BET, as well theatrically distributed worldwide.

Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with honors in Art Semiotics and Modern Culture and Media. Michael graduated with honors from Wesleyan University and trained as an actor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to working together, Jeff taught at the New York Film Academy and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Michael produced stage plays for The Old Globe Theatre and served as Artistic Director and Senior Writer of El Colectivo Chunique – a Mexico-based theater company that Michael founded in 2004. In 2005, Jeff’s film Favela Rising, a look inside the slums of Rio, won the Best Feature competition at Big Sky, was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and among the 36 awards it won are the IDA’s Film of the Year and Best Director at the Tribeca Film Festival.  In 2018, the brothers released several feature documentaries including Nossa Chape, the critically acclaimed story about the rebuilding of the Chapecoense soccer club after a tragic airplane crash killed most of the team; and Give Us This Day, which follows three police officers and three residents in East St. Louis, the city with the highest homicide rate in the country.

The Zimbalist brothers won the Best Feature Award at the 2006 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Five films from this impressive body of work have been selected for the retrospective program at BSDFF 2019. Click below for film information and screening details. 

Jeff & Michael Zimbalist will also present a Master Class at DocShop on Tuesday, February 19th at 4:00pm.



GIVE US THIS DAY (2018) - 119 min

MOMENTUM GENERATION (2018) - 105 min

NOSSA CHAPE (2018) - 102 min

THE TWO ESCOBARS (2010) - 103 min

FAVELA RISING (2005) - 82 min