Jen Sachs is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and animator. She received an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2001.
Since 1998, Sachs has created short independent films utilizing a variety of styles and techniques to explore the multi-faceted construction of narrative reality. Her films have won several prizes for "Best Animation," including a Student Academy Award. They have screened in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, in over 70 international festivals including Sundance, Telluride, and Ann Arbor, and have been broadcast domestically on public television and cable. In 2003, Sachs was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "New Faces of Independent Film."
In 2013, the Guggenheim commissioned Sachs to create three experimental documentary films, which were installed in the museum's exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1914: Reconstructing the Universe in New York from February 21 - September 1, 2014.
From November 18, 2014 - April 19, 2015, two commissioned short films by Sachs were on view in the exhibition WWI: War of Images, Images of War in Los Angeles.
For her current feature-length animated documentary, The Fantastic Flights of Sophie Blanchard, Sachs has received international residencies at Yaddo, CAMAC, and Boglisco as well as grants from organizations including the Puffin Foundation, the Wolf Aviation Fund, and the Florence Gould Foundation. This independent film is currently in production.
MOTION GRAPHICS AND COMMERCIALS
In addition to her creative output as a filmmaker, Sachs has worked professionally in the motion graphics & animation industries for over 10 years, creating title sequences, commercial graphics, and animated web shows. She has collaborated with companies including Buddha Jones, Ignition, The Ant Farm, Devastudios, Intralink, and Warner Bros.