Jennifer Brea is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has an AB from Princeton University and was a PhD student at Harvard until sudden illness left her bedridden. In the aftermath, she rediscovered her first love, film. Her feature documentary, Unrest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won a Special Jury Prize. She is also co-creator of Unrest VR, winner of the Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternate Realities Award. An activist for invisible disabilities and chronic illness, she co-founded a global advocacy network, #MEAction and is a TED Talker.
Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Impact Partners, Chicken & Egg, the Harnisch Foundation, IFP, the Tribeca Film Institute, Women in Film, the BFI, the Ford Foundation and the Fledgling Fund among many other institutions.