Glass Half Full is the production company of Rob Fruchtman, an award-winning documentary director, producer and editor. He won the Documentary Director award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for his feature film, Sister Helen, (co-directed with Rebecca Cammisa) which aired on HBO in 2003, and has won three Emmys and several nominations for his work with PBS and HBO. In 2004 he made Trust Me, for Showtime, a documentary about Christian, Jewish and Islamic boys at an interfaith camp in North Carolina. He directed all 13 episodes of Samurai Sportsman, a series for the Outdoor Life Network, which premiered in 2004, plus Secrets of Angels, Demons and Masons, a two hour special based on Dan Brown’s best selling novel, and Secrets of Mary Magdalene, airing on PBS in 2007.
Mr. Fruchtman has created compelling documentaries and series with the BBC, PBS, Reader’s Digest/Disney Channel and Showtime such as In Search of China; Kronos, The Body Adorned; and On the Edge of Being: Doctors with Cancer for PBS; The Last of the Incas for Showtime and Ancient Splendors for Readers Digest/Disney Channel. For Reader’s Digest, he executive produced Nature’s Great Events (co-produced with the BBC), Incredible Journeys Around the World (three hours on PBS), and films on Australia and China for RD’s Global Television and Video division.
He has also made many programs featuring the arts, including Dance New York (WNET), a profile of Elliot Feld and Paul Taylor which won a NY Emmy; ISO Dance Theater (PBS), a dance special with former Momix and Pilobolus dancers, recipient of five Los Angeles Emmys; Kronos: Music of Our Time (PBS), a portrait of the Kronos Quartet, with Philip Glass and John Cage; and The Creation of Omo (PBS), a dance special with the San Francisco Ballet.
Mr. Fruchtman has produced videos and films for a variety of corporations and companies, including Time Warner, Verizon, Merrill Lynch, Master Card, AOL, Gucci, Motorola, Texaco, Teva Neuroscience and many more.
In 1994, Fruchtman created a program in Pakistan to teach documentary filmmaking skills and elements of socially conscious filmmaking to emerging filmmakers.
Mr. Fruchtman began his career as a dialogue and sound editor on many feature films, including The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Quiz Show, Blue Velvet, Backdraft, Willow and many others, working with directors such as Robert Redford, Ron Howard, Philip Kaufman and David Lynch.