Born in Edison, NJ, Marc Kornblatt started out as an actor in New York after college (Brandeis Univ.). He turned to playwriting, earned an MA in journalism (NYU), wrote for magazines and newspapers, published children’s books, married, became a father and then returned to college in his mid 40’s to earn an education degree. Teaching at an elementary school with a large underprivileged population, he began making music videos with students. That led to short narratives, documentaries and the founding of Refuge Films. He has since produced more than forty films, including the feature-length documentaries Street Pulse, the award-winning Dostoevsky Behind Bars, What I Did In Fifth Grade and In Search of America. Kornblatt retired from teaching in 2015 to devote himself to full-time filmmaking.