Filmmaker Jennifer Suhr hails from a small town in Illinois where she spent much of her early years bird watching and playing music. As a classically trained cellist, she has competed and performed for people ranging from Maya Angelou to the late Isaac Stern, and attributes much of her artistic inspiration to this creative foundation in music.
After fleeing the suburbs, Jennifer forewent music school and attended Yale University. There, she briefly flirted with aspirations of medical school, psychology, anthropology, and literature, until finally settling on a double major in American Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration.
Jennifer received her MFA from New York University’s graduate film program where she wrote and directed short films, music videos, and was a recipient of the Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship. Her film, SAENG-IL (Birthday), received the Audience Award at the GenArt Film Festival 2011, and her recently completed thesis, a short inspired by the feature OUT THERE, received the Spike Lee Film Production Grant and the Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music in Film. She was also one of the co-creators and writers of the independent comedy pilot AMERICAN VIRAL (Official Selection New York Television Festival 2012) starring Michael Showalter, Griffin Newman, Daniel Flaherty, and Zandy Hartig and wrote and directed a comedic web series as part of SUBWAY's Fresh Artist series.
The screenplay for her first feature, OUT THERE, was recently selected as part of NYU's Purple List, a short list of the best screenplays generated from the NYU graduate film program.