Zeva Oelbaum is the founder of Reel Inheritance Films, a documentary film production company. She met Ruth Gruber several years ago, after becoming friends with Doris Schechter (co-Executive Producer of Ahead of Time) who was brought to America by Ruth as a Holocaust refugee in 1944. Zeva was executive producer of Rene and I, a feature documentary on Irene Hizme and Rene Slotkin who were 6 years old when they were experimented on by Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. The film was broadcasted on NBC.
Zeva is a noted still photographer whose work has been extensively published in such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine. Two collections of her photographs have been published by Rizzoli with foreword essays by Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) and Tracey Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring).