Jeff Springer was born in an abandoned town in the California desert, raised in Hawaii, and educated at USC Film School. After working at a dilapidated film studio in Russia, he began to edit for the likes of NBC, Paramount, Warner Bros, and Capitol Records. Eventually he found himself on Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch, editing behind-the-scenes documentaries for a not-very-well-received science fiction prequel.
Craving the unexpected, he directed the offbeat feature documentary Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, which was narrated by indie film icon John Waters. The film went on to screen at 200 film festivals worldwide, win 37 awards for Best Documentary, and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel.
After living in London and Berlin, Springer has gone on to photograph several feature documentaries, including Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone for PBS, which was narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne. He lived in Afghanistan to edit the documentary In-Justice, about women imprisoned for supposed moral crimes. He also directed and photographed several short docs and an Emmy-nominated hour long special for the show Artbound for KCET in Los Angeles.
He recently photographed and directed the ITVS funded documentary Rodents of Unusual Size, about giant invasive swamp rats threatening coastal Louisiana, which premiered at DOC NYC, has screened at over 100 film festivals, and will be broadcast nationally on Independent Lens on PBS on January 14th. He has recently relocated to New York, but also works frequently in San Francisco and around the country.