Emmy-nominated editor Jen Fineran established Gypsy Camp Studios Inc. in 2005 just as technology was making a roving edit studio possible, and just after she had her first child. With an education in film history and an early start in advertising and movie promos, Jen is now best known for her intimate and eclectic non-fiction storytelling. Her work can be seen in theaters and at film festivals such as Sundance, HotDocs and Berlin International Film Festival, and has aired on various networks including PBS, AMC, IFC, A&E, MTV, Bravo and Netflix. She is one of the editors on the upcoming 2017 Sundance premiere Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (Discovery), directed by Susan Froemke and John Hoffman.
Jen has edited several award-winning documentaries including Emily Kassie’s Academy award-winning I Married my Family’s Killer about love and intermarriage in post-genocide Rwanda, as well as two films with Alison Klayman: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (IFC Films) and The 100 Years Show (Netflix) featuring the 101 year old painter Carmen Herrera. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry won a US Documentary Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Academy Award. Jen also earned an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form.” Her other credits include Design Disruptors, Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray, Germans & Jews, Every Three Seconds, A Powerful Noise, Confederacy Theory, All of Me and Waste. Jen’s first film job was assistant editing on Ruth Leitman’s Alma, which was selected for the Whitney Biennial.
Jen grew up in Cheverly, MD, a vibrant community in Prince George's County on the border of Washington, DC. In college, Jen raised chimpanzees as a part-time job. After completing her undergraduate studies in sociology and political science at Emory University, Jen explored the world playing pickup soccer from Kinshasa, Zaire, to Lijiang, China. After working at Channel 4 in London, Jen returned to the U.S. to earn an MA in Film Studies from Emory University. She cut her first feature, the hilarious road comedy Waste, while living in Brisbane, Australia. She now lives with her husband and two kids in Nyack, New York, where she also coaches youth soccer. The short documentary The Invisible World is Jen’s debut as a director.