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Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes character-based films about real people with extraordinary lives and stories.

Jennifer’s award-winning work has shown in top film festivals such as Sundance, Locarno and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA); on national and international television outlets such as PBS, the Sundance Channel and NHK-Japan; in museums such as the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art; and in theaters all around the world.


She recently finished a 15-part documentary web series commissioned by Latino Public Broadcasting for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate project, and is currently finishing work on Daisy and Max, a new full-length documentary film commissioned by Al Jazeera America.


Jennifer has held fellowships at the Sundance Institute, Banff Centre for the Arts, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she earned a Masters Degree in Specialized Journalism as an Annenberg Fellow. She is a recipient of the James D. Phelan Art Award for her body of work, and has won two Emmys as well as multiple festival awards.


Her work often features Spanish-language content and has been supported by leading national funders such as the Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the Sundance Documentary Fund.


A former dancer who loves Brazilian pop, honkytonk, comic books, tacos, taco trucks, Mad magazine, urban hiking, cooking, modern design, and flat-ground bike riding, Jennifer also works as an Assistant Professor in the Social Documentation Masters program and the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz.