Her name is Iceland

"Her name is Iceland" tells my story as I traveled 1000+ miles around Iceland and the people, places, and emotions I experienced.

  • Jared Hoffa
  • Jared Hoffa
  • Jared Hoffa
  • Jared Hoffa
    Key Cast
  • Adam Serwacki
    2nd Camera
  • Adam Serwacki
    Aerial Footage
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    documentary, mini-documentary, short, reflective documentary
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jared Hoffa

Jared Hoffa began his career at NBC Universal's "In the Loop with iVillage" as a producer, shooter and editor. For over 10 years, he continued his career at ABC 7 Chicago and WCIU-TV winning both Emmy and Telly awards for his work.

His documentary work was first recognized In 2009 for “All We Had” the retelling of his family’s life and the tragedies caused by decisions made decades prior. The film was accepted at Marbella Film Festival and Cannes Short Film Corner the same year. Film critic Richard Roeper called the documentary, “VERY POWERFUL, HONEST, INSIGHTFUL AND WELL-MADE. A COUPLE OF TIMES I GOT THE CHILLS."

14 years later, Jared has returned to his roots with “Her name is Iceland”, a love letter to a country with breathtaking views and unforgettable people.

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Director Statement

When I went to Iceland I had no intention of making a documentary. In fact, I wasn't even planning to bring a camera! I think that's the beauty of filmmaking. To be so inspired that you try to gather up those emotions, feelings, experiences to share with the world so that their heart may race with joy and excitement just as yours did.

I wrote the narration just once. At 3am in my Airbnb in Reyk. I remember sitting there wondering how I was going to put all this footage together. Realizing my love for Iceland was like falling in love for the first time, the words came effortlessly as I let my heart lead and my fingers follow.