In 1980, Jennifer formed her own production company, Zohe Film Productions. She produced, wrote and directed two narrative shorts, entitled Pomello: One Day And A Boy (1980), and The First Illusion (1981). She worked as an Assistant Producer and Writer for the nationally syndicated television program, PM Magazine and on the production of several shorts for WNET's Sesame Street.
She produced, directed and wrote the internationally acclaimed, award-winning feature documentary, Beirut: The Last Home Movie. Beirut was released theatrically in seven countries and televised in seventeen countries worldwide, including an American broadcast as a Frontline Special in 1991. Invited to over twenty of the most prestigious documentary film festivals world-wide, it won seven international awards, including Best Film of the Year and Best Cinematography, Sundance Film Festival, United States (1989), Grand Prize Best Film, Cinema Du Reel, Paris, France (1989), The Young Forum Selection, Berlin Film Festival, Germany (1989), and Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Film Festival, United States (1989).
In 1989, Jennifer was hired as a director and cinematographer to spend a year and a half videotaping the world tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Namkhai Norbu Rimpoche. She recorded over sixty hours of videotape, covering thirteen countries, including a two-week visit with Namkhai Norbu's close friend and Nobel Prize Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The footage is currently part of an extensive Buddhist archive in Archidoso, Italy.
Jennifer has recently completed the groundbreaking ten-hour documentary series, An American Love Story, which she produced, directed, and photographed for Public Television, and which aired nationally on PBS September 12-16, 1999. An American Love Story has been screened to critical acclaim at the 1999 Sundance, Berlin, and Edinburgh Film Festivals (as well as others), and at the Film Forum in New York City. The series has also aired in Israel, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Jennifer's other credits include Executive Producing On The Ropes, a feature-length documentary produced, directed, and photographed by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen. At its premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, On The Ropes was awarded a Special Jury Award. It went on to win the Best Feature Documentary of the Year award at the IDA 1999, Best Documentary at Urban World Film Festival 1999, the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco 1999, and an honorable mention at the Amsterdam Documentary Festival 1999. The film is funded by Fox Lorber and TLC and has been released theatrically in fifty markets. It was broadcast in April of 2000 on The Learning Channel. Jennifer is the Executive Producer of Portrait Of A Survivor As An Artist, Kit-Yin Snyder's feature-length documentary that explores the personal journey of a traditional Chinese artist in the modern world. She is also Executive Producing, Absolutely Safe, a feature length investigative film about breast implants by Carol Ciancutti.
Jennifer has lectured about documentary filmmaking in numerous festivals and universities in both Europe and America. She has also given Master Classes on documentary filmmaking around the globe. She was sent by the United States Information Service to give seminars on independent filmmaking in Pakistan and India. She has consulted on numerous documentary film projects in all phases of production and distribution. Jennifer is currently teaching filmmaking at New York University's School of Film and Television and Film Video Arts in New York. She previously taught at The School of Visual Arts for two years. She has recently completed the feature length screenplay, Lila: A Fairy Tale. She is one of three filmmakers featured in the film, The Heck With Hollywood!, a portrait of the trials and tribulations of independent filmmaking in America. She is also featured in the new film about the history of the verite movement called, Cinema Verite, Defining The Moment by Peter Wintonic. (8/06)
Beirut: The Last Home Movie
A film by Jennifer Fox, 1988, 120 min., Color
BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE is an imaginative film which challenges documentary form and concepts of reality by exposing a personal response to a glob...