Jennifer Jessum is the Founder and Artistic Director of Flying Limbs Inc. Productions. An award-winning director, choreographer, writer, producer, and cinematographer, Jennifer holds a Master of Fine Arts degree, in Film Production, from USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts degree, in Dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her physical training extends far beyond the dance world into the fields of Somatics, Advanced Neuromuscular Therapies, and Feldenkrais. Her visceral and dynamic shooting style, which she refers to as Kinema, is a synthesis of dance, somatics, and film.
Kinetic, poetic, and visually arresting, Jennifer's work has received widespread critical acclaim. She brings her fine arts aesthetic, musical training, and long history in the professional dance and theater worlds to narrative and documentary forms, Dance-for-the-Camera, PSAs, commercials, music videos, live events, and theater. Her two award-winning feature documentaries, HOLY MAN: THE USA vs. DOUGLAS WHITE narrated by Martin Sheen, and Finding God in the City of Angels, have both received critical acclaim. Her short narrative dance film, Red Earth Calling, won numerous awards at the Maui Film Festival, the Moondance International Film Festival, the Toronto Independent Film Festival, The Eugene International Film Festival, The Utah Screen Dance Festival, and her short film ANIMA is currently on the festival circuit. She recently wrapped production on a series she directed for the Power Rangers franchise, and her latest film Sacred Hoop is currently in post-production.
In addition to her creative work, Jennifer is the founder and director of The Mitakuye Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and empowering Native youth through arts education and opportunities.