Jennifer Fox is an internationally known director, producer, writer, and camerawoman. Her first film, BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (1988) and the Sundance Film Festival (1988), was broadcast in twenty countries, released theatrically in nine, and won seven international awards, including the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Film and the Prize for Best Cinematography at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival and Le Premier Prix for Best Documentary at the 1988 Cinema Du Reel Festival, Paris.
She produced, directed and shot the groundbreaking ten-hour PBS/BBC/ARTE series AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, which screened in its full 10-hour form at festivals in America and internationally, including premiering at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals (1999). LOVE STORY aired in the USA nationally on PBS primetime. It received a Gracie Award for Best Television Series and was named ”One of the Top Ten Television Series of 1999” by “The New York Times”, “Time Out”, “The Boston Globe”, “Time Magazine”, and “The New York Daily News”. LOVE STORY was broadcast round the world.
She co-produced, directed and shot the six-part film, FLYING CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN through a unique Danish co-production, funded by the Danish Film Institute, TV-2 Denmark, BBC, ARTE, YLE-1, SBS, SVT, ICON & Humanist Channels Netherlands, the Sundance Channel, and a Creative Capital Grant. FLYING premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2006 and the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and over 30 film festivals internationally and did a 20-city theatrical release in North America distributed by Artistic License before airing on the BBC, SVT, TV-2, YLE, SBS, and the Sundance Channel in 2008.
Her recent feature documentary, MY REINCARNATION, about a high Tibetan Master in exile and his Italian-born son was filmed over an unprecedented 20 years. The film is an ARTE/Swiss/Dutch co-production and has been pre-sold to Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Switzerland and America. It received grants from the Hartley Film Foundation, Impact Partners and the GDF Foundation. The film had a groundbreaking crowdfunding campaign, becoming the highest raising finished film ever on Kickstarter 2011. MY REINCARNATION had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2010, where it won an Audience Award and has since played at over 50 festivals around the world. In the United States, it did a 70 city theatrical release distributed by Long Shot Factory and aired nationally as the Opening Show of the 25th Anniversary Season of PBS’s prime series, POV on June 21st, 2012 for which it was nominated for an Emmy Awardâ in 2013. The New York Times called MY REINCARNATION, “Remarkable,” and the Wall Street Journal called it, “Magnificent.”
Jennifer has Executive Produced many award-winning documentary films including: LOVE & DIANE; ON THE ROPES; DOUBLE EXPOSURE; COWBOYS, LAWYERS AND INDIANS; ABSOLUTELY SAFE?; and the ten part television series for South African Broadcasting, PROJECT TEN: REAL STORIES FROM A FREE SOUTH AFRICA. She has Executive Produced the fiction feature films, UPSTATE, which premiered in 2011 at the LA Film festival and was bought by IFC, and the new feature film, CAT SCRATCH FEVER, which premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival 2012, winning the Best Editing Award. She Associate Produced SHE’S LOST CONTROL, which premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, SXSW, New Directors New Films at the Museum of modern Art in New York and is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. She is currently Exec-Producing the features: DADDY DON’T GO, THE REST I MAKE UP and ROLL RED ROLL. She has consulted on numerous other films, including the Sundance Grand Prize winner, SOUTHERN COMFORT and the Slamdance Grand Prize winner, STONE READER.
Jennifer is the author of the screenplays, LILA: A FAIRTALE, a feature, co-written with Academy Awardâ nominated Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER), and the half-hour fiction television pilot, THE GOOD EGG, co-written with Deborah Copaken Kogan (SHUTTERBABE), now optioned for development by Thank You Brain Productions.
Jennifer wrote the original screenplay, THE TALE, which she will direct in the summer of 2015. For THE TALE, she was selected to participate in the three month 2012 BINGER DIRECTING LAB, in Amsterdam and for co-production development by TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERS 2013 and the OMDC’s FINANCING FORUM at the Toronto Film Festival 2014. THE TALE is being Executive Produced in the USA by Lawrence Inglee (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW) and the Academy Awardâ nominated Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER), and co-produced by Sol Bondy (YOUTH) of Germany and Marc Almon (BLACKBIRD) of Canada. THE TALE has received co-production financing from ARTE (German-French Television) and a grant from the German Berlin Medienboard. THE TALE will star Academy Award nominated actress Laura Dern (WILD), Academy Award winning actress, Ellen Burstyn (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM), and Emmy Award winning actor Sebastian Koch (THE LIVES OF OTHERS). In addition, discussions are underway with Sophie Nelisse (THE BOOK THIEF) to play the young Laura Dern.
Jennifer has had numerous retrospectives of her films over the last years, including in 2012 at the Film Podium in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Kino Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland, at the One World Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania, and at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival in Pennsylvania, USA.
She is the subject of three films on filmmaking, TO HECK WITH HOLLIWOOD! by Doug Block, CINEMA VERITE: DEFINING THE MOMENT by Peter Wintonick and CAPTURING REALITY: THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY by the National Film Board of Canada.