J. Christian Jensen


Public bio

I have been working in film and media for over ten years – beginning in journalism before moving to the broadcast realm working on productions for National Geographic, FRONTLINE and AmericanExperience.

My first film, “Sou da Bahia”, was shot in Brazil and explored art and Afro-Brazilian identity. My recent work, completed while a graduate student studying documentary film at Stanford University, has screened at a number of festivals and won a few awards including an Academy Award® Nomination for the film "White Earth".

My work often explores existential themes and tensions between science, religion, modernization, and traditional values. I'm currently paying absurd rents to live in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a producer, editor, and teaching documentary as a lecturer at Stanford University.