ABOUT

Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director and producer

ABOUT

Jennifer Redfearn is an award-winning film director and producer with a filmmaking style that the press has called “engrossing,” “poignant,” “beautifully cinematic” and “intensely human.”

Her first film, Sun Come Up, follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees. It was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. Sun Come Up screened in theaters across the U.S., including the IFC Center in New York and the Sundance Cinema in West Hollywood. It aired on HBO in 2011.

Jennifer’s feature debut, Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) premiered at the Full Frame Documentary festival where she won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award for her first independent feature. In this intimate character driven story, three blind women from Havana, Cuba confront their heartbreaks and hopes and navigate their profound desires for personal independence.

She was also a field director, consulting producer, and additional cameraperson for the 2015 SXSW film, Landfill Harmonic. Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra, a Paraguayan musical group that plays classical music with instruments made entirely out of trash.

Jennifer has directed and produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. She also produced several short documentaries and multimedia pieces for MediaStorm. Projects she produced and edited at MediaStorm were nominated for the World Press Photo, Anthropographia, and Webby awards in the multimedia and documentary categories.

Jennifer has received a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fork Films, Jerome Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the NYSCA, and NYWIFT. Her films have been supported by ITVS, IFP, and the Hot Docs Forum.

She discovered a passion for global storytelling after working around the world for four years – as everything from a roundabout on sheep stations in the Australian outback to a deckhand on boats sailing through the South Pacific.

Jennifer founded Red Antelope Films in 2010 with her partner Tim Metzger.


CLIENTS & BROADCASTERS

AWARDS

2011    Academy Award Nomination for Sun Come Up
2015    Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award for Tocando la Luz
2013    Webby Honoree for Rite of Passage
2012    Fotoweek DC International, 2nd place for Broken Lines
2012    Fotoweek DC International, Honorable Mention for Rite of Passage
2011    Webby Nominee for When the Water Ends
2011    World Press Photo Nominee for When the Water Ends
2011    World Press Photo Nominee for Mr. Blues
2011    Anthropographia Nominee for When the Water Ends
2011    Online Journalism Awards for When the Water Ends
2011    Webby Honoree for Global Governance Monitor
2005    Bronze Telly Award for From Depression to Discovery
2005    Chicago Film Festival Silver Hugo Award for From Depression to Discovery

FUNDING

2015    Wave Farm, Distribution Grant for Tocando la Luz
2014    ITVS, Co-production funding for Tocando la Luz
2014    NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant for Tocando la Luz
2013    National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts Grant for Tocando la Luz
2012    New York State Council on the Arts, Artist’s Grant for Tocando la Luz
2012    Chicken and Egg, Which Came First Fund for Tocando la Luz
2010    New York State Council on the Arts Distribution Grant for Sun Come Up
2010    Jerome Foundation, Individual Media Artist’s Grant for Sun Come Up
2010    Chicken and Egg, Which Came First Fund for Sun Come Up
2010    New York State Council on the Arts, Artist’s Grant for Sun Come Up
2008    Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship for Sun Come Up

MEDIA TRAINING

Jennifer Redfearn has led media and storytelling workshops around the world since 2006

STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS

Jennifer Redfearn has led media training and storytelling workshops around the world since 2006. She trained NBC journalists and producers in basic and advanced camera, sound, and lighting techniques. While working with MediaStorm, she led five storytelling workshops, leading participants through the storytelling, production, and post-production process. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, offering screening packages of her independent films Sun Come Up and Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light.) Both award-winning films have screened at festivals, universities, and as a part of community screening campaigns.

Contact Jennifer below to book a workshop, screening, or presentation.

SELECTED LECTURES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, AND WORKSHOPS

2015    NYU in Havana, Cuba, screening and discussion at the Ludwig Foundation
2011    Team leader and producer for five MediaStorm storytelling workshops
2011    Universidad Nacional de Colombia, screening, discussion, and documentary camera and production workshop
2011    Villanova University, screening and Earth Day keynote address
2010    NBC instructor training journalists in basic and advanced camera, sound, and lighting techniques
2010    Skidmore College, Screening, lecture, and student meetings
2010    Bowdoin College, Screening, lecture, and student meetings
2009    Washington and Jefferson College, screening, discussion and two classroom lectures
2009    Wellesley College, screening and panel discussion
2009    American Museum of Natural History, screening and discussion
06-10    DCTV instructor, Instructor for multiple documentary production and storytelling workshops

Get In Touch.

Send an email for more information about Jennifer’s work or to book Jennifer for a production, screening or workshop.

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