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Zeva Oelbaum was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and still photographer. Her work has been supported by numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, Women in Film Finishing Fund and the Polaroid Corporation, among others.  Her films have premiered at the Toronto Int. Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Rome Film Fest, IDFA and DOC NYC and have been broadcast on PBS, Showtime, the BBC and ARTE/France and Germany. She has presented her films in such diverse venues as Westminster Palace in London, The National Gallery in D.C. and The National Theatre of Iraq in Baghdad.


Oelbaum’s photographs have been extensively exhibited and published in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine. They are in public collections including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the New York Historical Society. Two monographs of her work have been published by Rizzoli International Publishers and her work has been reviewed in publications including ARTnews, The New Yorker and The Village Voice. Oelbaum has taught at the International Center of Photography and is a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in anthropology.

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