PatchWorks Films specializes in telling stories exploring contemporary social issues through intimate character stories, and building innovative partnerships for their use with NGOs, activists, and advocates. Their award-winning documentaries have been broadcast worldwide and shown at museums, libraries, schools, universities, community centers, street corners, conferences, and film festivals.
Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider founded PatchWorks in 1994 and have been producing and directing documentaries since. Their previous work includes the ITVS-funded Born in the U.S.A., which aired on the PBS series Independent Lens, and was hailed as the “best film on childbirth” by the former director of maternal health at the World Health Organization. Their last feature, Speaking in Tongues won the Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival and is being used as a catalyst for changing language education in public schools throughout the country. American Spring--currently in development with Five Steps Forward Media--will be PatchWorks’ fifth feature documentary.