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Academy Award-nominated filmmaker
Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, a director, producer and writer who works in commercials, documentary and dramatic films. Jessica’s film AFTER INNOCENCE won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize in 2005 and told the compelling story of innocent men wrongfully convicted of crimes, cleared by DNA evidence, and their dramatic struggle to reenter society after spending decades in prison. The film was short-listed for the Academy Award, premiered on Showtime and was released theatrically by New Yorker Films. Jessica produced the film SING! which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 2002 about one of the best children’s choirs in the country.
Jessica recently completed MARCH OF THE LIVING about the last generation of Holocaust survivors going back to the sites of the Holocaust in Poland with teenagers from around the world. The film was shot in Brazil, Germany, Poland, Israel and the US, and will be released in 2010.
Jessica and her work have been profiled on The Sundance Channel, MTV, MSNBC, CNN, Larry King Live, Dateline, Fox News, Court TV and NPR. She has been profiled in The New York Times, LA Weekly, Giant Robot Magazine, and Film Festival Magazine. She has lectured at various universities and conferences, including the National Innocence Network Conference, Tribeca Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival.