Jessica Kingdon

Jessica Kingdon

Jessica Kingdon is a Chinese-American director/producer interested in the intersection of experimental cinema and mainstream media. She was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine. Her residencies include the UnionDocs Lab and the Points North Institute Shortform Editing Residency. 

Her short film "Commodity City" shot in Yiwu, China is an observational documentary about the world’s largest wholesale mall. It has played at over 45 film festivals including IFF Rotterdam, True/False, Sheffield and Camden. Awards include the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Director at Ann Arbor Film Festival and Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short Film at Hamptons International Film Festival.  It is shortlisted for the 2017 Cinema Eye Honors.

Her episodic series “Fanwei” was selected for the 2017 Spotlight on Documentary IFP Film Week.

She also works as an independent producer, and recently co-produced the feature film “Old Stone” which premiered at the Berlinale 2016 and won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF 2016. She received her BA in Film Studies from Columbia University and her MA in Media Studies from The New School. She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

Mike Ambs

I love to film things, tell stories, and read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.