J Clements

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Wanting to make a difference, trying to make a difference, J Clements has pursued these efforts through filmmaking, writing and teaching. She cultivates media to change the status quo. Her films have been nationally broadcast and award winning. In this media saturated world New Day Films offers independent, genuine, and unique perspectives--this is precisely why Clements has been a proud member of New Day since 1986.

Clements chose to go into filmmaking after working as a community organizer in low-income neighborhoods in Wichita, Kansas. She saw firsthand how much influence TV had on people's lives. Realizing that the most effective tool for social change was the media, Clements graduated from Stanford University's masters program in documentary filmmaking. Man Oh Man, her master thesis film,was the second male gender issue film to be released in the US. Because of the success of that film Clements was able to makeDear Lisa: A Letter To My Sister. Dear Lisa takes a gentle look at female socialization. Both films are historical douments from another era, and both are unfortunately still relevant in terms of the gender issues of today. Means of Grace, her third film in New Day, is a personal investigation into the intersection between mental illness and the restrictive roles that women were supposed to play during the 1950s and early 1960s. This film aired nationally on PBS and showed at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. While making these films she also worked as a line prodcuer for Maturity Broadcast News, Globalstage, and on other numerous projects. She was the Executive Producer for Going on 13, a New Day film that follows four urban girls from the ages 9 through 13. She worked as a Production Manager for Independent Television Service as well as providing editorial and fundraising consulting to other independent producers through her business,The Film Farm. She currently lives in the Northwest, is a single parent, and teaches filmmaking to high school students. Teaching gives Clements a deep understanding of how media can transform lives. Currently she is involved in a book project called, An Alphabet Book for God.

New Day Films by J Clements

Awards & Accolades

Full Tuition Fellowship, Stanford University
Juror for Kentucky Arts Council
Guest Filmmaker, Montana Film Festival
Screenings at Museum of Modern Art, NYC
ITVS, Open Call, Producer
Received funding from: American Film Institute, California Council for the Humanities, Louis B. Mayer Fund, The Pioneer Fund, Western States Media Arts Fund, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Valentine Foundation
Past Chair of New Day Films
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