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Jennifer Petrucelli

Jennifer Petrucelli

Documentary Film and Video


Jennifer Petrucelli received her B.A. in History from Cornell University in 1990. Before attending Stanford, she worked as a television and radio producer at Hal Riney & Partners, a San Francisco-based advertising agency. In addition to her commercial work, Jennifer has produced several short documentaries on Bay Area writers and artists.

Stealing Time

digital video

JUNE, 2001

Stealing Time profiles the lives of three teenagers at the Sierra Youth Center -- a Juvenile Detention Program in Santa Rosa, California. The film follows Megan, Sam, and Brain over the course of six months as they move toward their release dates. The piece seeks to put a face on "at-risk youth," to challenge our monolithic notion of what a juvenile offender looks like. Megan, Sam, and Brian come from different backgrounds, have committed different crimes and are struggling to negotiate different life circumstances. What they have in common is serving time at Sierra -- an experience we come to know through their eyes.


16mm color film

JUNE, 2000
Inside/Out explores one woman's struggle to deal with Bells Palsy - a disease that has left half her face paralyzed. The film delicately considers how our face masks and exposes us.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Student Film, Silver Images Film Festival, 2001
Golden Gate Award, Best Bay Area Short, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2001
Honorable Mention, Documentary Category, Marin County Festival of Short Films, 2001
Cinequest Film Festival, 2002
Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago, 2001
Long Island Film Expo, 2001
DocSide Film Festival, 2001
Heartland Film Festival, 2001
Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, 2001
Northampton Film Festival, 2001
Ojai Film Festival, 2001
Olympia Film Festival, 2001
MadCat International Women's Film Festival, 2001
New York Expo of Short Film and Video, 2001
Mill Valley International Film Festival, 2000
Women In the Director's Chair, 2000

Her Own Law

digital video

Co-directed with Rachel Antell
MARCH, 2000
Her Own Law is about a woman's right to choose how and where to have her baby and the ways in which that choice is threatened. The video explores the practice and philosophy of homebirth midwifery -- and considers ways in which doctors and midwives might work together to provide a continuum of care for all women.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Women In the Director's Chair, 2001
Providence Women's Film Festival, 2001
Tiburon Film Festival, 2002

Extended Wings

16mm black and white film

Lu and Patty Stephens have raised and raced homing pigeons for nearly 20 years. Extended Wings is a portrait of their commitment to the birds, to each other and to the place they call home.