Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated documentary director, whose immersive style of filmmaking examines how political, environmental and cultural forces impact on individual lives.

She directed and produced the 2011 Academy Award nominated film, Sun Come Up, about a small island community losing their homeland to rising seas. Sun Come Up screened on HBO after a successful theatrical run in thirty U.S. cities. Her recent film, Tocando La Luz (Touch the Light), tells the story of three blind Cuban women and their fight for independence. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award.

Recent career highlights also include field directing the 2015 SXSW audience award winner, Landfill Harmonic, and producing several short documentaries, multimedia films, and interactives for MediaStorm. Projects she produced and edited at MediaStorm were nominated for the World Press Photo 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, NYSCA, and NYWIFT. Her films have been supported by ITVS, IFP, and the Hot Docs Forum. 

She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She has taught documentary filmmaking at Columbia University and NYU.

Films by Jennifer Redfearn

Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light)

In Havana, Cuba an up-and-coming singer searches for confidence, a young woman in love longs for motherhood and a veteran of the Revolution comes to terms with the death of her husband. Three women, united by blindness and a desire for independence, guide us through Cuba’s current economic and social landscape while pursuing their dreams and breaking through personal and societal limitations.

La Habana, Cuba. Una cantante prometedor busca la confianza, una joven enamorada anhela la maternidad y una veterana de la Revolución llega a un acuerdo con la muerte de su marido. Tres mujeres, unidas por la ceguera y el deseo de independencia, nos guían a través del panorama económico y social cubano de esta época mientras persiguen sus sueños y rompen limitaciones personales y sociales.

Sun Come Up

Sun Come Up is an Academy Award® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change.