The Fish Don't Care When It Rains

With humor and heart, autistic artist Jen Msumba demonstrates what the simple life of a fish can teach us about accepting our circumstances.

Instagram: @rebrandingautism

  • Jennifer Msumba
  • Jennifer Msumba
  • Jennifer Msumba
  • Jennifer Msumba
  • Kimiko Billy
    Special Thanks To
  • Natasha Mynhier
    Special Thanks To
    In A Beat
  • Brittany Simcic
    Special Thanks To
  • Jennifer Msumba
  • Jennifer Msumba
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 17, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

    Best Film
  • New Filmakers Los Angeles
    Hollywood, California
    United States
    August 22, 2020
  • Portland Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    October 12, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jennifer Msumba

Award winning filmmaker Jen Msumba won the top prize—best film—against stiff competition in the 2020 Easterseals Disability challenge. You’ll repeatedly watch her captivating The Fish Don’t Care When It Rains. But you don’t have to stop with one film. Jen’s ever-increasing tribe of 32,000 followers enjoy a steady diet of YouTube films at her channel Rebranding Autism

Jen inspires and motivates her viewers to have confidence, to get out of their comfort zones, and to try new things. When you follow Jen’s YouTube channel be sure to check out her interview series called, “Now That’s Interesting!”
Musician Jen has studied music since early childhood (bypassing her older brother in her skills). She likes the patterns and reliability of music. Jen uses music to take abstract feelings and write those feelings into a relatable tune that everyone can get behind. After interpreting others’ music, Jen wrote her first original song at age 34. Her creations include “Finally Home” and at least 21 other songs. Her main album is Music Saved Me. You can find it on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever songs are sold. Jen has also created dozens of piano interpretations of popular songs. With each song you’ll be begging for more, so start listening at

Interestingly music was the path to Jen’s online presence. In 2013 Jen began posting videos of her piano interpretations. At the time she didn’t want to talk much on her videos for fear of being made fun of for her differences. By 2017 her confidence and screen skills had improved enough to start her YouTube channel, Rebranding Autism, referenced above. And now she is an award winning filmmaker who successfully sets goals such as facial expressions that connect with people and comedic approaches that keep her audiences laughing.

Your respect for Jen will deepen when you realize how far she’s come and how frequently she helps others move forward. Too often Jen had to make that progress through the sheer power of a strong spirit. Before she was diagnosed with autism even the people who loved Jen could not figure out how to help her. So she lived in residential schools and state hospitals that were a complete mismatch for what she needed—until the final one.
Thanks to finding trustworthy people who were skilled at helping, Jen has learned how to overcome impulsivity and self-harm, as well as aggressive behavior. To be fair, most of the aggression grew out of truly appropriate frustration over thoroughly terrible cruelty. Any of us would have reacted similarly. Jen now lives a full life with meaningful employment, advocacy work, and continual production of films that equip persons with autism to manage the challenges that come their way.

Advocate Jen not only uses her filmmaking and music to support and equip persons with autism and their families; Jennifer was recently was chosen by Amtrak to be a social media resident for their #AmtrakTakeMeThere campaign, and vlog about her experiences traveling on their trains as someone on the autism spectrum. She was also recently featured on A&E’s new series The Employables, which follows adults with Tourettes Syndrome and Autism as they search for meaningful work. Jennifer serves as a motivational speaker and gives interviews. She has spoken at such places as Easterseals, the Music Compound in Sarasota Florida, WSRQ Radio, Goodwill Sarasota.

Some fun facts about Jen:
She’s a member of MENSA.
She has a dog named Lemonade who loves to steal Funyuns.
She calls her friends and family her “loyal and true” people.
She’s a comedian.
She has a huge collection of Pez dispensers

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