Jordan Salvatoriello and Garrett Zevgetis
Jordan Salvatoriello is an award-winning media artist and journalist specializing in social issue documentary video and photography. Her work seeks to illuminate the human condition and ultimately evoke social change through education and entertainment. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University in 1999, and has since worked to add a human element to the work of both for- and non-profit organizations.
After earning her M.F.A. in Media Art from Emerson College in May 2012, Jordan’s acclaimed documentary short, Graceland Girls, won the Director’s Guild of America Jury Prize and the Gold Circle Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Graceland Girls premiered at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival and screened at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in West Hollywood, where she won the “Best of Feminism on Film” award, as well as “Best Cinematography,” “Best Director,” and “Best Editor” in that category. It’s a compelling story about Kenyan girls who struggle against familial, economic and societal pressures to escape early marriage through education, with the hope of helping themselves and their families break the cycle of poverty. Jordan is an avid traveler and adventurer, is one of eleven children and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Garrett Zevgetis is a Boston-based documentary filmmaker focusing on fascinating people and social change. Garrett grew up in “Cow town,” Kissimmee, Florida – a couple miles from Disney World. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm. After the service he earned a Master of Arts degree in Media Arts from Emerson College. During graduate studies, Garrett interned at the PBS program FRONTLINE. His graduate thesis was a short film called “Making Mission” about an Army Recruiter struggling to make his quota during the Iraq War.
After graduating, Garrett worked at WGBH as an assistant to Judith Vecchione, acclaimed producer for many PBS programs including, “Eyes on the Prize.” Garrett’s latest documentary, “A Mercenary Tale,” is a short film about a modern day mercenary, which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Quat Media in Toronto, Canada Garrett has also worked as a Producer for WGBH’s “Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon,” a nationally syndicated public radio program.
Jordan and Garrett are currently in production on Best and Most Beautiful Things, a feature-length documentary about Michelle Smith, a legally blind student at the esteemed Perkins School outside Boston.