Bethany Jacobson is set to direct her debut feature, "The Electric Virgin" in 2021. Developed with the support of NY producer Andrea Miller, 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. It is distributed by First Focus International, Sofy.TV and GoIndie TV.
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. She is working on several photography projects; including a long term exploration of Green-wood cemetery and book project with poet Garrett White. She is a British/UK dual-national and lives in Brooklyn.