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J. Christian Jensen

J. Christian Jensen

Documentary Film and Video
MFA in Documentary in Film and Video, Stanford University, 2013

About

J. Christian Jensen is an Oscar® Nominated filmmaker whose storytelling explores the tensions between political ideology, science, religion, modernization and traditional values. He seeks out intimate, human stories that provide insight into larger social movements and institutions. He works as an independent filmmaker and educator and his creative work has been presented at over 50 film festivals and universities around the world.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Graduate Student Fellowship, 2013
Carole Fielding Student Grant, 2013
Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship, 2013
Carmen Christensen Fellowship, 2012-13
Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Graduate Student Fellow, 2012


White Earth 

hd video

JUNE, 2013
VIDEO DURATION: 19:27 MIN.

A winter portrait of North Dakota's oil boom as seen through unexpected eyes.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee, Documentary Short Subject, Academy Award, 2015
Silver Award Winner, Documentary Category, Student Academy Award, 2014
Outstanding Documentary, Windrider International Student Film Festival (WISFF), 2016
Winner, Festival Award, Heartland Film Festival, 2014
Jury Award for Best Short, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2014
Jury Award for Cinematography, Slamdance, 2014
Jury Award for Best Cinematography, Fargo Film Festival, 2014
Directing Award, Doc Utah, 2014
Honorable Mention for Best Student Film, Fargo Film Festival, 2014
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2014
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2014
Melbourne Environmental Film Festival, Australia, 2014
Logan Film Festival, 2014
Dallas Videofest, 2014
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2014
New Orleans Film Festival, 2014
St. Petersburg International Festival of Debut and Student Films, Russia, 2014
Plein la Bobine, International Film Festival for Young Audiences, France, 2014
Palm Springs ShortFest, 2014
Ivy Film Festival, 2014
Black Hills Film Festival, 2014
Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, 2014
Sydney Film Festival, 2014
Festival Plein la Bobine, 2014
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2014
Thin Line Film Fest, 2014
Documenta Madrid, Spain, 2014
Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany, 2014
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2014
Sarasota Film Festival, 2014
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, GREECE, 2014
Yale Environmental Film Festival, 2014
FIPA - Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biarritz, France, 2014
Interview in Frontrunner Magazine

Press


ALPHA & OMEGA 

hd video

JUNE, 2012
VIDEO DURATION: 8:02 MIN.

An existential consideration of the furthest reaches of time and space.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Region 1 Finalist, Documentary Category, Student Academy Award, 2013


Between Land and Sea 

hd video

Co-directed by Sarah Berkovich
MARCH, 2012
VIDEO DURATION: 9 MIN.

A couple living in a lighthouse on a tiny island experiences a collision of romanticism and reality.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award, 2013
Best Local Short, Palo Alto International Film Festival, 2012
Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, 2013
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2013
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, 2013
Bernal Height Outdoor Cinema, 2013
University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2013
Provincetown International Film Festival, 2013
Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2013
SF DocFest, 2013
Wallabout Film Festival, 2013
Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
DOC NYC, 2012
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2012
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2012
Pacific Film Archive Student Film Showcase, 2012
"Party on the Edge", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2012

Out of Body 

16mm black & white film

DECEMBER, 2011
VIDEO DURATION: 4:15 MIN.

A scientist challenges the limitations of her mind and body – and conspires against death.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Director's Citation,  Black Maria Film + Video Festival, 2013
Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, 2013
Williamsburg International Film Festival, 2013
University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2013
Nevada City Film Festival, 2013
Wallabout Film Festival, 2013
Logan Film Festival, 2013
Next Frame Student Film Festival, 2012-2013
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2013
Short Short Story Film Festival, 2012
San Francisco Black Film Festival, 2012
Silverscreen Film Festival, 2012
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2012

 

Events

June 15, 2013

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
June 14, 2012

Free and open to the public

March 21, 2012

Free and open to the public.

December 13, 2011

Free and open to the public

Related News

Silver might beget gold for documentary filmmaker and Stanford lecturer J. CHRISTIAN JENSEN, MFA ’13.  In June 2014 he won a silver medal from the Academy of Motion Picture...
Sep 26 2014
The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce that nine students and alumni of the Documentary Film & Video Program will present their documentary films...