July 11, 2022 CAMBRIDGE, MA — Harvard University is delighted to join the LEF Foundation in announcing that Amy Jenkins has been selected as the 2022-23 recipient of the Harvard Film Study Center-LEF Foundation Fellowship.
Spanning almost two decades, ADAM’S APPLE is a personal documentary about a family in transition, intimately documented from the perspective of filmmaker Amy Jenkins and her transgender son, Adam. Each armed with a camera, the film artistically chronicles an ever-shifting dynamic as Adam charts his own path toward manhood.
Production will continue through 2023, with plans for a premiere in 2025.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER: Amy Jenkins (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose work focuses on themes such as familial relationships, desire, and gender identity. She was awarded the 2022-23 Harvard Film Studies Center-LEF Fellowship, the 2019 Ewing Award for Interdisciplinary Art, and the 2018 NHFF Filmmaker of the Year. Her work has been presented at museums including MoMA, The National Gallery of Art, The Haifa Museum, The Akron Art Museum and Palm Beach ICA. Her first documentary feature, Instructions on Parting, premiered at MoMA Doc Fortnight 2018 and won Best Feature Documentary at Athens International Film and Video Festival, OH. Her short film Wishes premiered at the Camden International Film Festival in 2019, and screened at festivals including Salem, New Orleans, Ashland Independent, Frameline, OutfestLA, Sidewalk, NewFest, Wicked Queer, among others. Her artwork has been reviewed in many publications, including The New York Times, ARTnews, Bomb, Artcritical, Performing Arts Journal, and The Village Voice..
COLLABORATOR/ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHER: Adam Jenkins (he/him) is a full-time student at Columbia University studying Creative Writing. In his free time, he likes to write poetry and produce original songs. He is a Staff Editor of Columbia University’s literary magazine of the undergraduate Creative Writing Department, QUARTO.
PRODUCER: Brit Fryer (he/him) is a queer and trans producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, he was a producer on Crystal Kayiza’s Rest Stop, which won the Short Film Jury Award for US Fiction at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. He also worked as a producer on Lydia Cornett’s Bug Farm and Noah Schamus’s KIND OF. As a director, his film Caro Comes Out, premiered on HBOMax after winning the Knight Made in MIA Award at the Miami International Film Festival. His other films include Vimeo Staff Pick Across, Beyond, and Over, and TRANS·IENCE. He is grateful to have shown at CPH:DOX, Indie Grits, NewFest, BFI Flare, Outfest, Inside Out, MIX NYC, Blackstar, and more. Brit and his work have been supported by the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Creative Culture, Multitude Films, Chicken and Egg, GLAAD's Equity in Media and Entertainment Initiative, and HBO / Gotham's Documentary Development Initiative.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Syd Friedman (they/them) is a Brooklyn based film editor with a focus on environmental and social justice. As an editor, they have worked on SpringHill's Golden, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Justice, and numerous narrative feature films. Their credits as an assistant editor include Angola, Do You Hear Us?, Descendant, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union, and True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight For Equality. These, as well as other films, have been shortlisted for the Oscars, have had premieres at festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, HOT DOCS, and AFI DOC Festival, and can be found on streaming platforms like Paramount+, HBO, Peacock, Netflix, and Amazon.
August 18, 2021 CAMDEN, ME — Points North Institute Unveils 2021 Artist Programs in an exclusive feature in VARIETY. ADAM’S APPLE is chosen for a LEF/CIFF Fellowship, to participate in private workshops and industry meetings over five days in September.
April 30, 2020 NEW YORK, NY — Creative Capital presents ON OUR RADAR 2020, featuring 41 projects that advanced to the final round in the highly competitive selection process for the Creative Capital Awards. We invite you to find out how you can take part in making their visions a reality.
October 18, 2019 PORTSMOUTH, NH — The New Hampshire Film Festival and Women in Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) present THE FILMMAKER’S JOURNEY Panel with Director Amy Jenkins and others discussing the multifaceted journey of making a film.