Jennifer began directing in 2008, her latest accomplishment being the sold-out, Off-Broadway run of PHOENIX, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt at the iconic Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. Jennifer's directorial debut short film, I AM AN ISLAND, played in Cannes, London, New York, and Los Angeles. The short was later expanded into her directorial debut feature film BILLY BATES, which Jennifer wrote, directed, and produced. BILLY BATES played at the Tribeca Film Festival amongst other festivals and showcases and was released across 10 cities theatrically and nationwide digitally in 2014. Jennifer has directed a range of music videos for renowned artists, such as Amadou & Mariam featuring Kyp & Tunde of TV on the Radio, Ebony Bones, Esseri, Blinddog Smokin' and musical legends Dr. John and Bobby Rush. The latter video mentioned was part of a 2015 Grammy-nominated album.
Jennifer has nearly two decades in the entertainment industry, having come up through physical production on major motion pictures such as Oliver Stone’s WORLD TRADE CENTER and international director Wong Kar Wai’s MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS. Jennifer secured financing for and garnered Associate Producer credit on the film EXPLICIT ILLS, starring Rosario Dawson, directed by Mark Webber. Jennifer also secured funding for and garnered a Line Producer credit on the award-winning Sundance premiere documentary SLINGSHOT HIP HOP. Jennifer produced and acted in the short film, ABRACADABRA, directed by Julie Pacino.
In 2008, Jennifer produced a party in honor of Obama's win. The event was hosted by The Roots, and dj'd by Samantha Ronson at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. Jennifer’s ability to produce with extremely high production-value combined with her understanding of art and pop culture, lead contemporary artist David LaChapelle to bring Jennifer onboard his team for his Helmut Newton Berlin show. On behalf of LaChapelle, Jennifer acquired sponsorship from the brand Puma for an art exhibition and celebration which hosted 4000 guests. Following her success in Berlin, Jennifer produced the fashion line HEATHERETTE’s biggest Fashion Week event to date.
As a humanitarian, Jennifer produced a successful fundraising event in New York, which enabled her to do meaningful work with youth in Brazil, resulting in an exchange between the Brazilian favela youth and the kids from LaChapelle's documentary RIZE. She intends to continue projects in Brazil and in other parts of the world, working to bridge the gap between cultures and communities through the arts.
Prior to producing and directing, Jennifer worked in advertising, writing copy for commercials, and putting together shoots at a mid-size agency called Dark Horse Media in Tucson, Arizona. She also worked in radio and TV promotions, and was a radio disc jockey at the #1 urban station in Tucson, followed later by a stint at MTV News in New York as well as VH1 in Los Angeles.
The collection of Jennifer’s aforementioned experiences is what breathes life into her philosophy of creating cutting-edge projects with the utmost integrity and passion. Jennifer is a partner with Julie Pacino in Poverty Row Entertainment and the two are also partners in their creative branding company, Unofficially Unlimited. Poverty Row is currently producing the feature film THE GIRL WITH THE CURLS based on the life of Mary Pickford. Jennifer is the writer, director and producer.
Jennifer studied acting at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.