Jennifer Reeder

She // Her // Hers

[ID: Jennifer, a woman with pale skin, long dark hair, and bangs, sits at the bottom of a narrow red staircase. Her hair blows around from an unseen source. She is looking at the camera with green, red and blue lights speckled across her face and torso. She is wearing a black jacket and no less than five necklaces.]

Chicago, IL and Hammond, IN
2021 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the USA Endowment Fund.

Writer-director Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma, and coping. Reeder’s innovative, award-winning narratives borrow from a range of forms, including after-school specials, amateur music videos, and magical realism. Her films have screened around the world—including at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennial—and received awards qualifying her for an Academy Award nomination.

Reeder won a 2015 Creative Capital Award in Moving Image and in 2016 received short film funding from Rooftop Films/the Adrienne Shelly Foundation and the Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund (FFHSH). She was a Herb Alpert Award nominee in 2019 and 2021, won a 2018–19 SFFILM Rainin Grant for scriptwriting, and was the 2019 recipient of the Alpert Film Award residency at the MacDowell Colony. Her most recent film, Knives and Skin, was theatrically released in France in November 2019 through UFO and in the United States in December 2019 through IFC Midnight.

Reeder is currently in preproduction for a new feature-length film called Perpetrator, which is being produced by 30West, Divide/Conquer, and WTFilms.

Portrait photo by Kinga Michalska.