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Jacqueline Olive

jaqueline olive
Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Documentation
Directing and producing film, Film and video production, race and racial justice, African American culture, BiPOC communities, Southern culture, social and environmental justice issues, civil and human rights, narrative fiction filmmaking, journalism, investigative reporting, transmedia and multi-platform work, Black Arts Movement.
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JACQUELINE OLIVE is an independent filmmaker and immersive media producer with more than fifteen years of experience in journalism and film. She founded Tell It Media, Inc in 2012 to create short and feature-length documentaries, podcasts, narrative fiction, and VR projects that tell nuanced stories of the people, places, and cultures that make up our diverse world. Jackie’s debut feature documentary, ​Always in Season​, examines the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans. ​Always in Season premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency. ​It has received numerous festival jury awards and other honors that include winner of the 2020 SIMA Documentary Jury Prize For Ethos and nominations for Best Writing from IDA Documentary Awards 2019 and the Spotlight Award from Cinema Eye Honors 2019. ​Always in Season broadcast on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, ​Independent Lens, on February 24, 2020, and was the most viewed film of the season.

Jackie also co-directed and co-produced the award-winning hour-long thesis film, ​Black to Our Roots​, which broadcast on PBS WORLD in 2009. She has received artist grants and industry funding from Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, Firelight Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Chicken & Egg Pictures, International Documentary Association, Kendeda Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Southern Documentary Fund, Alternate ROOTS, and more. Jackie was awarded the Emerging Filmmakers of Color Award from International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation in 2019 and profiled as ​one of Variety's "10 Filmmakers To Watch."

A Southerner and Mississippi native, Jackie currently teaches film as Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Social Documentation MFA Program and happily makes films full-time.

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Teaching Fall 2020: SOCD 294A, Production/Analysis/Editing
Teaching Winter 2021: FILM 170B, Fundamentals of Film and Video Production
Teaching Spring 2021: SOCD 201B, Advanced Documentary Field Production and Editing