Jacqueline Olive (2018) is an independent filmmaker and immersive-media producer with artist grants from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Independent Television Service, Ford Foundation, Firelight Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Catapult Film Fund, Southern Documentary Fund, Alternate ROOTS and more. After receiving a Master’s degree from the University of Florida Documentary Institute in 2007, Jacqueline worked on the production team of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series “Independent Lens” and the internationally-themed PBS WORLD series “Global Voices” for three seasons. Jacqueline also co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary, “Black to Our Roots,” which broadcast on PBS WORLD. Earlier this year, she received the Elevate Grant, given to emerging filmmakers of color by the International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.
Jacqueline is currently directing and producing the documentary feature film “Always in Season,” which explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans. The film connects this historic form of racial terrorism to racial violence today with the stories of relatives of the perpetrators and victims who are seeking justice and reconciliation. Jacqueline gained experience with transmedia production as a fellow with the Bay Area Video Coalition Institute for New Media Technologies and Mediamaker Fellows, the Black Public Media New Media Institute and, most recently, the Open Immersion VR Lab sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre. She is also producing an accompanying VR project that uses 360-degree video and computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation to explore the film’s themes of dehumanization and violence, offering users strategies for moving confidently through the racialized public spaces that black women navigate daily.