Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
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Jennifer makes colorful, character-based films about real people with extraordinary stories. Her work has shown at venues like the Sundance, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Locarno Film Festivals, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, New York Museum of Modern Art, PBS, Sundance Channel, and NHK-Japan. Recent films include Daisy and Max, a long-form documentary commissioned by Al Jazeera America, and the short Visiting Day for The Atlantic. Other credits include the award-winning documentaries New Muslim Cool, Special Circumstances, Paulina, Home Front, and many short films and co-productions. Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Social Documentation and Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Born in California of Irish/English, Sicilian and Mexican heritage, she grew up in Los Angeles and Vermont. In addition to her work on The Gut, she has two new upcoming short films, Redneck Muslim and Message to Zaire, exploring how American Muslims are challenging assumptions about race and gender.