Jennifer is a San Francisco-based film and media maker with more than ten years of experience. Her award‐winning feature film Half-Life premiered at 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by the Sundance Channel and Warner Brothers Digital Platforms. Jennifer was then invited into the Sundance Screenwriting Labs to develop her next project, Look For Water, a play adaptation. Most recently Jennifer created the short film Advantageous, an ITVS commissioned project, starring Jacqueline Kim and James Urbaniak, concerning the future of American education and its impact on the social and economic future of women and girls in the United States.
Advantageous was launched on Futurestates.tv and PBS.org, and was then screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Comic-Con, Fantastic Fest, Asiana Film Festival and numerous other national and international film festivals. It has been nominated for and won several of the festivals’ top awards including the Golden Reel for Excellence in Short Film.
Jennifer was recently selected to be a resident at the prestigious San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse program in support of her current undertaking, adapting Advantageous into a full-length feature film. Jennifer has also been directing the visual effects extravaganza Glass Butterfly, a fantastical music video in collaboration with VFX Supervisor Catherine Tate (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale).
A Berkeley-born daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian father and Vietnamese mother, Jennifer Phang is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at the American Film Institute and holds a BA in Media Studies from Pomona College. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and a certified scuba diver.