Jack Silberman was educated at Middlebury College (Vermont), studied documentary film production at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned a Master's degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where his studies focused on educational television.

He has been producing, directing, and writing documentaries for 27 years and has extensive international experience, having worked on location in Laos, Israel, Sri Lanka, Belize, India, Pakistan, Japan, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Borneo, the Bahamas, France, the Virgin Islands, Bangladesh, and England, as well as the United States and Canada.

He lived in Asia for eight years - including four years in Sri Lanka, where he produced, directed, and wrote over a dozen educational documentaries for international development agencies. During this period he also helped train Sri Lankan students in techniques of television production, and also served as a volunteer for several months on the Thai-Cambodian border at a camp for Cambodian refugees. 

His films have won more than 60 national and international awards. His film Bombies won first place awards at a dozen film festivals, including San Francisco, Chicago, the Swiss Prize, and the Japan Prize. His documentary "Island of Whales" was narrated by Gregory Peck, broadcast on PBS (Nova), and won the Gemini Award for best Canadian documentary (1992). His film "Battle For the Trees" won first place at the International Nature Film and Television Festival (1994) where it was in competition with 126 of the best nature films from around the world.
He has made documentaries for Canadian, American, and British television networks, as well as for the National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. He's also worked for international organizations such as Unicef - Sri Lanka, the United Nations Development Program, Care, the World Food Program, the Canadian International Development Agency, and The Aga Khan Development Network. During the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro he organized and co-managed the Mostra Vida "Festival of Life", a festival of over 100 environmental films which played at various locations around Rio - from the grounds of the Global Forum to the slums of Rochina. 

Recent work includes:

Raised To Be Heroes: one hour documentary about Israeli soldiers who refuse to fight in the Occupied Territories. Director/Writer.

Polio Hunters: one hour documentary about the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Producer/Director/Writer.

The Vanishing Tattoo: one hour documentary about the disappearing tattoo traditions of the Iban people of Borneo. Producer/Director.

Bombies: one hour documentary about the U.S. secret war in Laos and its legacy of unexploded cluster bombs. Producer/Director/Writer.

Champions of The Wild: 3 half-hour films about sharks, orangutans, and dolphins and the wildlife biologists who are working to protect them. Director.

Contact Jack Silberman at jack@vanishingtattoo.com
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