Lena I. Jackson
Princess Grace Award:
Graduate Film Scholarship, 2013
Lena is filmmaker based in Santa Cruz, CA, who has focused her work on media literacy and documentaries, specifically on youth and community-based issues. Lena has worked for WHUT-Howard University Television, Nomadic Wax, Sesame Workshop India, Cultural Survival, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She attended Georgetown University for undergraduate and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the recipient of a several fellowships from the University of California, including the Regent's Fellowship, Porter College Fellowship and Florence French Scholarship. She is also a graduate fellow with the UC-Center for New Racial Studies. Lena is currently at work on a documentary project that explores the closing of a public high school in South Los Angeles.