Bethany Jacobson is set to direct her debut feature, The Electric Virgin in 2020. Developed with the support of NY producer Andrea Miller and UK executive producer Martyn Auty, it was a finalist for the 2017 Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund, won Best Screenplay at the Moondance Film Festival was one of twenty projects selected for the 2017 Cannes Maison Des Scenaristes.
Bethany began her career as a photographer and video artist. Her photographs of Wim Wenders, Iggy Pop, and Jean Michel Basquiat, amongst others were published in Blitz, Harpers Bazaar, Tatler, Cover and House & Garden. After completing NYU’s graduate film program in the 1990s, she worked on indie features, documentaries, and television series, which have aired on PBS, MTV, BBC and WDR. Her documentary The Flea Theater: A Portrait aired on PBS, featuring interviews with Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver. Her short film, Hotel Bleu, which she wrote, directed, and produced, stars Broadway veteran Julie Halston and jazz trumpeter, Wayne Tucker. It won Best Live Action International Short Film at the 2016 Louisiana International Film Festival, a 2017 Remy Award at Houston WorldFest and screened at numerous festivals.
Bethany has taught screenwriting and filmmaking courses at Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, Long Island University, La Guardia Community College and NYU’s Graduate Film Program. Her essay: A Native's View and photographs of the 1980s were published in the 2017 book City Primeval: New York, Berlin, Prague. In the past year she has returned to her love of photography and is working on several photography projects including a book project with writer Garrett White. She is a British/UK dual-national and lives in Brooklyn.