Havana Faculty: Documentary Video Production

Documentary Video Production

Jennifer Redfearn

Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director and producer. She directed and produced the film, Sun Come Up, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. It screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Jennifer’s recent film, Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) premiered at the Full Frame Documentary festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. In this intimate character driven story, three blind women from Havana, Cuba confront their heartbreaks and hopes and navigate their profound desires for personal independence. In her client work, Jennifer has directed and produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. She also produced several short documentaries and multimedia pieces for MediaStorm. Projects she produced and edited at MediaStorm were nominated for the World Press Photo, Anthropographia, and Webby awards in the multimedia and documentary categories. She has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Wellesley College, and Villanova among others, and she has led documentary workshops and taught media skills at MediaStorm, NBC, and DCTV. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.

Tim Metzger

Tim Metzger is an Academy Award and Emmy nominated cinematographer and filmmaker with over a decade of experience filming documentaries. He is currently serving as the director of photography for a National Geographic series. He filmed the Emmy-nominated 6-part series RISING: Rebuilding Ground Zero for Discovery/Dreamworks, chronicling years of construction and healing at the new World Trade Center, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Tim was nominated for an Emmy for the history special Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live. He was recently nominated for his 2nd Emmy, as DP of a Discovery/AHC docudrama series about the old west. Tim filmed and produced the 2011 Academy Award nominee Sun Come Up, a documentary film about a small island community that is forced to relocate because of rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. It screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Over the past decade, Tim has filmed in more than 20 countries and his work has appeared on HBO, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, CNN and many more.

More information about the spring program Documentary Video Production.