synopsis

After fifteen years of brutal, escalating abuse by her husband Scott, Jennifer Magnano finally makes a brave plan and escapes with her children Emily, 9, David, 15, and Jessica, 21. The family does everything they are supposed to do - and told to do - but the escape only marks the beginning of a bizarre journey that u-turns them back within Scott's deadly reach.

 

JENNIFER, 42 is a fully animated feature documentary film told through the eyes of the surviving victims - the Magnano children.  Their story opens a rare window into a household in the grips of domestic violence, and is a journey of their survival, and of Jennifer's transformation from a fearful shadow into a fierce fighter. We use a mixture of digital and hand-drawn animation that brings to life memories, emotions and subjective experiences, whilst painting a vivid picture of the forces that entrapped the Magnano family.

 

The Filmmakers

Elle Kamihira

Director

Elle Kamihira is a recognized multi-disciplinary producer and director who brings a unique vision, sensitivity and complex storytelling to versatile media projects. Elle has spent the last twenty years collaborating on a variety of award-winning film, museum, documentary, and theater projects.

 

A third generation visual artist from her Norwegian family of painters, ceramists, weavers, architects and art-historians, Elle was given a camera at eleven and have been making picture-stories since. After graduating from Ingemar Bergman’s alma mater Södra Latin in Stockholm, where she studied photography and film, she honed her creative and producing skills in independent film and commercial production in LA and NYC.

 

Drawn to the challenges of large-scale and complex media integration, and the museum as a storytelling space, Elle has helped bring to life extraordinary media experiences such as Who We Are at the Lelawi Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, media installations at The Harley-Davidson Museum, The Heard Museum, The Chickasaw Cultural Center, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame NY Annex, and most recently signature films for The Museum of the American Revolution. She led the production of media exhibits for the award-winning Nature Research Center of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, that included the 4-story hemispheric immersive Daily Planet Theater.

 

Along with directing Jennifer, 42, an animated true crime documentary about the life and death of Jennifer Magnano, and her family’s harrowing attempts to escape extreme control and systemic abuse. Elle is also developing a slate of documentary projects focused on crimes against women and the people who work to better protect them.

 

Other notable credits include the feature film Jack & His Friends, the documentary Mothers and Daughters: A Lifetime Bond for Lifetime, live media show for 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, an animated film installation at Library of Congress, video projections for Anna Deavere Smith’s play House Arrest, The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway; George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song at The Apollo, as well as annual video packages for the CFDA American Fashion Awards and the IBM Centennial Celebration Gala.

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Laura Richards

EXecutive Producer

Executive Producer Laura Richards is an award winning and world renowned criminal behavioral analyst who worked for a decade at New Scotland Yard as Head of the Homicide Prevention Unit and Head of the Violent Crime Intelligence and Analysis Unit. She is also world-leading victim advocate who has placed victims at the centre of everything she does with a laser focus on early identification, intervention and prevention. 

 

Laura successfully campaigned for Domestic Violence and

Stalking Law Reform in the UK and has trained and addressed thousands of police officers, and frontline professionals across the world. Laura has been awarded numerous awards for her campaigning, advocacy and analytical work to better protect victims.

Following the successful Stalking Law Reform campaign Laura founded Paladin NSAS to support high risk victims of stalking. She developed the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honor based violence DASH Risk Assessment Model. Amongst many other policy reform accomplishments,  Laura spearheaded the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign to criminalize coercive control, and developed and delivered the first training on the new law in the UK. She is also the author of Oxford University Press book ‘Policing Domestic Violence.’

In addition to her advocacy career, Laura is also a sought after media commentator and is co-creator and co-host of the award winning podcast, Real Crime Profile, alongside retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente and Criminal Minds’ casting Director Lisa Zambetti. Ms. Richards co-produced Dirty John, the Dirty Truth, co-created and executive produced The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey on CBS and The Case of: Caylee Anthony on Oxygen and hosted of the Netflix series Killer in the Family.  Most recently, Laura analyzes the cold case murder of Julianne Stallman on Paul Holes’ DNA of Murder.

Katie Hyde

PRODUCER

Producer Katie Hyde is a remarkable team motivator and artistic partner with infectious charisma and DIY chops. Mentored by the late great Hollywood Producer Bobby Newmyer on such studio films as Training Day, National

Security, and Mindhunters, Katie embarked on her own path in 2008 when she co-founded Indie City Films, a Brooklyn based production company where she regularly directs and produces content for magazines and brands

such as the UK Sunday Times, Refinery29, NY Post, Domino Magazine,Urban Art Projects, CreativeMornings as well as independent narrative and documentary projects.

 

Katie has produced larger scale feature films, including the 2015 festival darling Mount Joy in which she also starred, which was bought by Netflix after premiering at The Santa Barbara Film Festival. Katie recently directed the 42-minute documentary Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over. The film, commissioned by CBS Studios, was one of the first to be announced as part of the line-up at this years

Austin Film Festival, she will be a featured panelist in Austin at the AFF Conference in October, 2019.

 

Katie’s latest narrative feature before / during/ after is being released in early 2020. The film stars Finnerty

Steeves (Orange is the New Black) and Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) with a supporting cast of New York’s best theatre actors: Austin Pendleton, Kate Burton, Richard Masur, and dozens of others. 

Yulia Ruditskaya

Animation director

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Yulia Ruditskaya is an internationally recognized animation director and animator who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. A multi-disciplinary artist, Yulia has held the combined roles of director, animator, illustrator and motion designer on a great variety of independent projects for brands, musicians, and non-profit clients such as UNICEF and Amnesty International.

Yulia has also written, directed and animated a slate of extraordinary, award-winning animated short films, including Three Angels (2007), The Midnight Guests (Belarus, 2009), A Catfish Tale (Belarus, 2009) and Please, Call Back Later (Korea 2010), and And The Moon Stands Still (Belarus, Germany, USA 2017). See full list of awards.

Yulia is a graduate of the Department of Design and Visual Communications at Belarusian State University in Minsk. In pursuit of her passion for filmmaking, Yulia continued her education studying animation direction at School-Studio For Animation Direction (SHAR) in Moscow, while mastering her craft at Summer School at GOBELINS. Once an established animation artist, Yulia taught digital animation courses for post-graduate students at School-Studio SHAR and led master classes, while building an international career collaborating on narrative and documentary films.

“There is huge gap between what we believe and respond to as a domestic violence crime, and the lived reality of battered women and their children.”

        Dr. Evan Stark

Matthew Polis

sound designer

Matthew Polis is the founder of boutique sound house SoundSpace in NYC and Colorado, and has been sound designing and mixing films for nearly 20 years.  His combined story driven approach to sound design and technical mastery in the mix room has earned him respect amongst his peers in the indie film world with over 150 credits.  

 

Matthew's works include Appropriate Behavior (Sundance, BAM), Growing Up Coy (ITVS, Denver Film Festival), I Believe in Unicorns (SXSW), Peter and Vandy (Sundance) David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle & What is Magic, Evolution of a Criminal (SXSW, Full Frame, ITVS), The System with Joe Berlinger, Food Chains (Berlin), Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, Seymour: An Introduction (Telluride, Toronto, NYFF) and Liyana (NYCDOC). He is also the head of post audio for TED Conferences.  

 

Matthew was an adjunct professor at his alma mater, NYU Tisch School Of The Arts for post audio and mixing.

Jaime Marcelo

story editor

Jaime Marcelo is a sound designer, composer, and audio mixer based in Brooklyn, NY. He splits his time between sound effects editing and mixing, music composition, and performance primarily within film, TV, and video games. 

His recent sound work includes the Netflix show Black Summer, Z Nation (Syfy) seasons 4 & 5, indie film Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf, and the documentaries Atomic Homefront (HBO) and 16 Shots (Showtime). In 2018, he was a sound editor and designer for the unique, experimental short film Nafas directed by Mira Nair. The film is being presented at the New Museum of Qatar using 28 speakers and being projected on two opposing football-field sized walls. Jaime also wrote the musical score for the Spanish-language indie film Buscando Al Zorro which is currently showing in theaters across the Dominican Republic.

Jaime graduated Cum Laude from the Sonic Arts program at the City College of New York with a BFA in Music, concentration in audio technology. As a guitarist and violinist, Jaime has played for off-Broadway shows including Wonderful Town, Fannie Lou, Robber Bridegroom, and Trouble: The Musical. In addition to fronting his own bands over the years, he also toured the United States with Atarah Valentine including a performance at Lollapalooza 2015 and NY’s CMJ festival.

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