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Mr. Jacobsen is the Emmy winning director of the national PBS show, The Artist Toolbox, which has an estimated viewing audience of 3 million people.  He has 30 years of experience in directing, working in films, television and stage. He directed the feature film Around the Fire, which won numerous awards including Italy’s Giffoni Film Festival (Best Picture) and a Best Independent Filmmaker’s Award nomination at SIFF, and has produced several features, including the Columbia/Tri-Star picture Nervous Ticks starring Bill Pullman and Peter Boyle. His other major production credits include the HBO movie of the week, Danger of Love, John Frankenheimer’s 52 Pick Up with Roy Scheider and Ann Margaret, and The Assassin with Charles Bronson. Films he directed, including the recent very well-received film, Arthur and Spinning, have played at major festivals around the world and won numerous awards including Best of Fest, Best Fiction Film at Action/Cut, Best Fantasy at MIFFF, Excellence in Film at Accolade, and gold, silver, and bronze awards at other festivals. He directed over thirty stage plays regionally and in New York, winning a Best Director Award, with such talents as Sandra Bullock, Marcia Gay Harden, Eli Wallach, Scott Bakula, Jill Eikenberry, Bernard Shaw, Linda Hunt, John Shea, and Yeardley Smith, worked on Broadway under the legendary director, Hal Prince, directed and produced the Tribute to Katherine Dunham on CBS’s Emmy Award-winning Kennedy Center Honors, was a casting director with the great Ronnie Yeskel, and worked under the Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Charles Guggenheim.  John has directed commercials, has sold numerous award winning screenplays, and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles.


To contact John about directing your project, please email him at

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