Francine Zuckerman graduated from McGill University's film program and went on to join the National Film Board to co-produce her first documentary film, "Half the Kingdom." "Half the Kingdom" is a film about women and Judaism that was invited to participate in over twenty international film festivals, broadcast internationally in Canada on TVO, in the U.K. on C4 and in Australia on SBS. It won several awards and was nominated for two Geminis.
Zuckerman then went on to produce and direct "Exposure: environmental links to breast cancer," a documentary on how toxins in the environment affect our health, hosted by singer/actor Olivia Newton-John. "Exposure" has been broadcast in Canada on CBC, TVO, WTN and Vision TV and won the best Health Documentary award at the New York Film and Video Festival.
"Punch Me in the Stomach," a television documentary special starring Deb Filler, is about the triumph of one man, a Polish born concentration camp survivor, as told by his comedienne daughter, Deb. A co-production with New Zealand, "Punch Me in the Stomach" was produced in association with CBC with funds from the OFDC and New Zealand on Air then picked up by Bravo, CFCF, Vision TV, WTN and PBS in the U.S. It had its world premiere at the London Film Festival and then toured film festivals internationally.
Zuckerman co-produced and directed a short drama, "Passengers," about a road trip that a father and daughter take through time. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and toured with the Canadian Film Circuit and Moving Pictures across Canada. It has been invited to festivals in Palm Springs, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Vancouver, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London.
Zuckerman recently finished creative producing and directing a television series with Breakthrough Films. "Class Act," broadcast on the Life Network, follows the performing arts students at the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts in Toronto. She also co-produced a dramatic anthology TV series, "The Atwood Stories," based on the short stories of Margaret Atwood.
Zuckerman is a member of the Independent Film Project, New York, a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, has been a jury member for the Ontario Arts Council, Media Arts Program, and is one of the founding members of Femmes du Cinema de la Télévision et la Vidéo a Montréal.