Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director and producer
Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated documentary director and producer with a filmmaking style that the press has called “engrossing,” “poignant,” “beautifully cinematic” and “intensely human.”
She directed and produced the film, Sun Come Up, about a small island community that is forced to relocate because of rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. It 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.
Jennifer’s recent film, Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) premiered at the Full Frame Documentary festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. 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 camerawoman 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.
In her client work, 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 holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
CLIENTS & BROADCASTERS
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
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
Jennifer Redfearn has led media and storytelling workshops around the world since 2006
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