Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Los Angeles And San Francisco, California, United States


Director/Producer/Cinematographer Jennifer Maytorena Taylor makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories, often with Spanish-language content and very frequently for PBS. Her features and shorts have shown at venues like the Sundance, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Locarno Film Festivals, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, New York Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Channel, Al Jazeera, and NHK-Japan. Credits include New Muslim Cool, Daisy and Max, Paulina, Message to Zaire/The Talk, Home Front, Street Knowledge 2 College, Visiting Day, and Redneck Muslim.

Jennifer is an Associate Professor in Film and Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz and the Director of Graduate Studies of the Social Documentation MFA program and has held fellowships at institutions such as Banff Centre for the Arts, the USC Annenberg School for Journalism, the Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab, and the MacDowell Colony. She is a current Sundance Documentary Institute fellow and teaches documentary course with Sundance Co//ab.