About Jenn Garrison
“I am drawn to stories about how people who don't fit into mainstream culture take elements of that culture and make it their own. I am driven to create films that entertain audiences while engaging them to think about their own relationship to concentrations of power and the commodification of culture. Being a minority voice within a hegemonic system, I am driven to represent strong characters within society. I want to give the under-voiced a platform for their stories to be heard.”
Jenn Garrison was selected as one of Film Independent’s “Project:Involve” fellows. Through that fellowship, Jenn’s work has been featured in “Vanity Fair” and showcased in the “W Hotels” internationally. Jenn’s work was also sponsored by “Banana Republic” and “NBC/Universal” studios.
Jenn’s films have played in over 100 film festivals winning top awards including: a college EMMY, a Student Academy Award nomination, the “Jury Prize" at the Bologna International Women's Film Festival,the “Audience Award” at the Night Gallery Film Festival, and a Members Choice award at PlanetOUT.com.
Jenn also received the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Grant and her work has been broadcast on MTV’s LOGO cable network and PBS affiliate KLRU. Jenn's first film “PrizeWhores” (a feature-length documentary) premiered at the prestigious South-by-South-West film festival.
Jenn Garrison holds a Masters of Arts in media studies and a Masters of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Texas at Austin film program in 2006 where she studied as a Pic Wagner Fellow. Since then Jenn has directed several documentary and narrative shorts which have won awards and showcased at film festivals internationally. Her work has been reviewed in several international publications.
Jenn Garrison is a native Texan. She studied sociology as an undergraduate while she worked as a college radio DJ. During her undergraduate studies, Jenn began working in commercial radio. She even co-hosted a top rated all female morning show from 1997 – 2000. This experience brought about a fascination for Jenn regarding society's relationship to the media and her observed commodification of communicating with the masses.
This fascination motivated Jenn to pursue a Master's of Arts degree in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Jenn continued production and DJ work at commercial radio stations. This combination of studying the media while working within the medium of radio inspired Jenn to produce and direct her first film in 2000.