• Title Associate Professor of the Practice, Journalism
  • Office B35
  • Education BA, Wellesley College
    MS, Columbia University

Professor Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and visual storyteller committed to telling stories about inequality and social justice.

She directed and produced Sun Come Up, a film about a South Pacific island community losing their homeland to rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award. It screened in theaters across the U.S., including the IFC Center in New York and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Contemporary Documentary Series in Los Angeles. Sun Come Up was described by Variety as “eye-opening” and The Boston Globe declared the film “opens up gnawing questions of belonging, identity, and planetary consequence.”

Her film Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) tells the stories of three Cuban women – united by blindness and a desire for independence – who guide us through Cuba’s current economic and social landscape. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award, and aired on PBS/World Channel.

Professor Redfearn is currently directing and producing a film about incarcerated mothers who are rebuilding their lives after being separated from their children for years. Initial funding for Reentry (working title) has been raised through the Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Forks Films, and the Cleveland Foundation. A breakout 3-minute short from the feature film titled “The Walk” screened at the 2017 TED Women’s conference in New Orleans.

In addition to her independent films, Professor Redfearn has worked on a number of award-winning films and multimedia stories as a producer, director, camera operator and multimedia editor for hire over the past 15 years. She was a field director, additional cameraperson, and consulting producer for the theatrical film Landfill Harmonic, a story of a children’s orchestra from Paraguay that plays classical music with instruments made entirely from garbage. She has produced television documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, CNN, and PBS.

Working as a multimedia producer and editor, she also created short films and multimedia stories for the award-winning studio MediaStorm. She collaborated with the photojournalist Maggie Steber as a producer and editor on her film Rite of Passage, a Webby Honoree for documentary in 2013. She also produced and edited ,em>When the Water Ends, a short film that tells the story of climate change conflicts in East Africa. When the Water Ends won the Anthropographia Award for Multimedia and was a World Press Photo and Webby Nominee.

In addition to her practice, Professor Redfearn is committed to educating and mentoring young visual storytellers. She has taught and advised students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also taught New York University’s intermediate documentary course in Havana, Cuba, for three years where she oversaw the production of up to 36 short films each year about Cuba and Cuban culture. Several student films from the program screened at DOCNYC, one of America’s largest documentary film festivals.

Professor Redfearn’s has received a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Tribeca Film Institute, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and New York Women in Film and Television and co-production funding from ITVS.

Departments/Site Areas
falculty and Journalism
Degree Programs
MS in Journalism