Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times calls Jennifer Arnold “a deft, rigorous writer and director.” Arnold graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA and University of Nairobi, Kenya with a B.A. in African History. After working for producer Peter Douglas (ENEMY WITHIN, FLETCH) she returned to UCLA to earn a M.F.A. in Film Production. Her first film MAID OF HONOR was an eight-time festival award winner, accepted into Sundance 2000, SXSW, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival. MAID OF HONOR aired on HBO/Cinemax in the U.S. and Channel 4 in England and was released on DVD by Picture This Entertainment.
Jennifer returned to Sundance in 2001 with her acclaimed Internet series The Mullet Chronicles, which Sight and Sound magazine describes as “snacky, chatty segments which whet the appetite and charm the eye.” The Internet series, created for Atom Films, is a comedic exploration of that infamous hairstyle “the Mullet.” It was developed into the feature length documentary AMERICAN MULLET by Tom Gorai (ARLINGTON RD.) and Dorka Keehn (NEW YORK IN THE ‘50s). The feature project enjoyed an art house theatrical release in 2002 and premiered on television in 2003 on Trio Network prior to its video release by Palm Pictures and Lions Gate Entertainment.
Jennifer recently completed WHERE THE GIRLS ARE, a documentary co-directed by Tricia Cooke and executive produced by Ethan Coen (FARGO, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU). WHERE THE GIRLS ARE, a look at the sports, parties and politics of Dinah Shore Weekend, premiered at Outfest 2003, where it received the audience award.
Jennifer’s other works include a music video for Interscope Records recording artist Valeria and an experimental video Chicks with Guns. Jennifer has been the winner of the Carl David Memorial Film Fellowship, the Lynn Weston Award in directing, the Verna Fields Award for editing, the Wasserman Award, as well as the George Burns Award for comedy.