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39 Mesa Street, No.207

San Francisco, CA 94129

W 415 292.7100

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39 Mesa Street, No.207

San Francisco, CA 94129

W 415 292.7100

Jen Chaiken award-winning filmmaker

Jen Chaiken

I enjoyed producing for a long time and decided to close that chapter a few years back. Most recently I’ve been soaking in some beautiful family and sabbatical time, and now I’m ready for my next big adventure. I am directing my first documentary feature.

Prior to directing, I consulted for Sundance Institute and Women In Film to tackle gender inequality behind the camera in film and television. In 2014, I wrote a thought piece called Defining A Movement to contemplate ways to create systemic change. On behalf of the two organizations, I worked closely with USC Annenberg social scientist Stacy Smith on the pivotal research study Exploring the Careers of Female Directors, and produced their first major convening of senior level executives from across the industry for what came to be the launch of ReFrame.

Prior to consulting, with my then producer partner, Sebastian Dungan, I produced Jill Soloway’s feature directorial debut, AFTERNOON DELIGHT starring Kathryn Hahn and Josh Radnor, which took home the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

That same year we produced INEQUALITY FOR ALL (Weinstein Company/Radius), a humorous and comprehensive look at income inequality through the eyes of former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. The film was honored with a Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at Sundance. I then spearheaded a robust social action campaign for INEQUALITY FOR ALL with support from The Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, The Fledgling Fund, amongst others.

Concurrent to working on the convening for Sundance and Women in Film, I advised the IDA on its inaugural Getting Real Conference. In 2012, my producing partner and I were selected for Variety’s prestigious 10 Producers To Watch list. And from 2009-2013, I served as the Vice President of the Board for the San Francisco Film Society.

Prior, I won an Emmy for Best Documentary for my work on HBO/Strand Releasing’s MY FLESH AND BLOOD. Other credits include BIG EDEN, Tom Bezucha’s directorial debut; the HBO documentaries NAKED STATES and POSITIVELY NAKED; RESTAURANT; I LOVE YOU, DON’T TOUCH ME! (MGM); and the PBS documentary feature FAMILY NAME, winner of the Freedom of Expression Award at Sundance and nominated for an Emmy.

I live in San Francisco with my wife and two daughters, and we spend as much time as we can in our home away from home, Marfa, Texas. I am a graduate of Yale University.