Jennifer Thompson first witnessed the power of narrative storytelling when she worked on the documentary From Hollywood to Hanoi –- a film about the reconciliation between Vietnam and America. Jennifer was working in Vietnam for the Indochina Film Arts Foundation when the embargo was lifted in 1994 and she saw how media can help shape events. Jennifer went on to produce shorts at Maysles Films in New York City, and her videos screened at the Guggenheim Museum. In 1998, Jennifer moved to San Francisco where she has produced a number of short and long form documentaries. She directed and produced american dream 2.0, a film the SF Weekly called, “an ideal time-capsule for future historians.”
To meet the challenges of climate justice, sustainability and protection of the earth’s resources, Jennifer believes that storytelling is part of the solution. Today, storytelling extends beyond broadcast media to include user generated content and status updates. Jennifer was the keynote speaker at the “Green Software Unconference” in Silicon Valley in August, 2009, was interviewed for Next Agenda’s “Clean Energy Challenge” in September 2009 and in January 2010 participated in the “Sustainable City Finance” Leadership Summit hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. In June 2011, Jennifer participated in the World Policy Institute’s Roundtable Discussion “How Much is Enough?” along with about thirty participants including New York Times Environment Reporter Andrew Revkin and No Impact Man Colin Beavan.
For the past three years, Jennifer has been a judge for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco/Northern California Chapter Emmy® Awards. Jennifer received her B.A. in Journalism from New York University in 1994.