Jennifer brings a fresh, authentic perspective to telling powerful, thought-provoking stories.
Jen loves to make documentary films and she recently directed her first feature documentary, Subjects of Desire, about Black women and beauty. The film had its world premiere at SXSW, followed by Hot Docs where it was a top ten Audience favourite. The film will air on Starz in the US and TVO and Crave in Canada.
She is a co-producer of the feature doc, Stateless, with director Michele Stephenson (American Promise) for PBS/POV and the National Film Board. Stateless premiered digitally at Tribeca and at Hot Docs in 2020 where it won the festival’s Special Jury Prize, followed by a Best feature doc award at Black Star.
She is the Executive Producer of Maya Annik Bedward feature doc, Black Zombie, that is in production with CBC’s Doc Channel.
Jen who is passionate about Black Canadian History and is producing her first History Channel Series, BLK: An Origin Story. She will serve as series showrunner and a director with partner Sudz Sutherland.
She has also produced numerous TV documentaries including; Badge of Pride (CBC & PBS) Min Sook Lee’s film about gay cops that has sold internationally from Israel to Europe. Brick By Brick (Omni), Yin Yin Jade Love (TVO), and Dolores: The Art of Art Modeling (Bravo!). Speakers For The Dead (CBC/NFB), which she co-directed with Sutherland, reveals a hidden Black history in Ontario.
She was recently awarded the CMPA’s 2021 Indiescreen Established Producer of the year Award in recognition of her contribution to Canada’s film industry and her incredible career achievements.
Along with her creative work, Jennifer is a dedicated advocate for diversity and mentorship. She is a founding member of the Black Screen Office, a national organization that advocates for creatives and producers in the screen-based industries. She has mentored/hired scores of African Canadians and diverse talent over the past decade and a half, both personally and through working with organizations like The Reel World Film Festival, Black Women Film! Through Their Eyes, The Toronto Black Film Festival and the Montreal Black Film Festival.
Jen is co-chair of the newly founded the Canadian Independent Screen Fund (CISF) and the Ontario Creates Industry Board. Other board work includes the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), The Regent Park Film Festival, Women in View, Innoversity Creative Summit and CMPA’s Prime Time.
Even when Jen is working, she enjoys keeping up with her three spectacular daughters!
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Subjects of Desire2020
    Documentary
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    Subjects of Desire2020
    Documentary
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Subjects of Desire2020
    Documentary
Best First Feature Documentary
Subjects of Desire
Pan African Film Festival
Los Angeles
2022
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Victoria Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Denton Black Film Festival
Denton
2022
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
New Haven Film Festival
New Haven, Connecticut
2022
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
British Urban Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
DOC NYC
New York
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Denver Film Festival
Denver
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Raindance Film Festival
2021
Best Documentary
Subjects of Desire
CineFAM Film Festival
Toronto
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Twin Cities Black Film Festival
2021
DOXX Award for Best Documentary
Subjects of Desire
Tallgrass Film Festival
Tallgrass
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
St. John International Women's Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Mill Valley Film Festival
Mill Valley
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Edmonton International Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Calgary Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Montreal Black Film Festival
Montreal
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Trinidad + Tabago Film Festival
Trinidad + Tabago
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
Halifax, Nova Scotia
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Reframe Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Regent Park Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
2021
Best Documentary
Subjects of Desire
DC Black Film Festival
DC, Washington
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
Bentonville Film Festival
Bentonville, Arkansas
2021
Cultural Spirit Award
Subjects of Desire
New Hope Film Festival
New Hope, Pennslyvania
2021
Best Documentary
Subjects of Desire
San Francisco Black Film Festival
San Franciso
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
South By Southwest
Austin, Texas
2021
Official Selection
Subjects of Desire
American Black Film Festival
Voted #8 Audience favourite out of 200 Films
Subjects of Desire
Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival
Toronto
Jennifer brings a fresh, authentic perspective to telling powerful, thought-provoking stories.