Jen Gilomen

San Francisco, California, United States


Jen Gilomen is Lead Developer of Strategic Initiatives at the Bay Area Video Coalition, where she works on media distribution, technology, and access projects at a national scale. For two years, Jen managed a program called the Digital Storytelling Institute at BAVC, helping California-based nonprofits use technology to tell stories for social change. Her current documentary project, "Ghosts of Appalachia," examines the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia and how it affects communities. The themes of Jen’s movies have ranged from kids with LGBT parents, a remote island in Paraguay, Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis of homosexuality, and artists whose artwork is infused with activism, to archiving queer history and post-September 11 travel fears. She’s co-directed the narrative short “Godspeed” with Lynn Breedlove, based on the seminal dyke-punk band Tribe8 lead singer’s book by the same name. Jen’s documentary “In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents” (director, 2005) won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2005 Frameline Film Festival, and went on to screen at several other festivals across the U.S. Her other documentaries and short narrative works have screened in the U.S., France, Italy, England, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and New Zealand. She writes, develops web sites, shoots and edits videos, and does professional still photography for nonprofits, artists, and San Francisco-based publications.