FILMMAKER & FOUNDER/PROGRAM DIRECTOR, DINNER WITH DAMES
My name is Jenna Payne. My first short film FELINE FRENZY won the One of a Kind Award at the 2010 Royal Flush Film Festival. I have written two feature-length scripts, TV pilots, a webseries, developed ideas for future projects, and created a series of lo fi animations called the #GlamLife. For the last six years, I have worked in production as a freelancer, overseeing features, commercials, and digital content.
I have directed multiple projects, including putting together a live performance of ZOMPIRE VIXENS FROM PLUTO! in collaboration with Women in Horror 2013. One of my most complimented and renown pieces is the improv short called DARKTOWN that I directed in the blacked out, concrete canyons of Manhattan during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in between commercial production days. I look forward to developing my Appalachian Godfather series SHINER for television and am working to direct my first feature – a Flint, Michigan slasher called THE BIG THREE ARE AFTER ME.
In addition to my creative endeavors, I partner with the 501c3 non-profit Cinefemme to support and promote women filmmakers in the industry. I am the founder and Program Director of Dinner with Dames, a monthly dinner mentorship series that brings together emerging women filmmakers with industry movers and shakers to create empowering mentor relationships.