Jenna Ricker wrote, directed and produced her first feature film, Ben’s Plan. A coming of age drama starring Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, Pride) and made on a micro-budget, it was awarded Best Drama at the AOF Festival, Distinguished Debut at the London Independent Film Festival, and Jenna was honored with the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker. Originally from California, she moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts. While volunteering as a script reader and working in a commercial production house, she began writing and directing theater. Her first screenplay,The Garage, was a quarterfinalist of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship. Security, her first collaboration with Greg Stuhr, was selected for the IFP’s Emerging Narrative Program, and was a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist. She co-wrote and directed their second collaboration, “the adrenaline-charged pop-noir mystery, The American Side” (The Hollywood Reporter). Jenna was honored to be invited alongside Debra Granik and Courtney Cox to participate on the ‘Women in the Director’s Chair’ panel at the Woodstock Film Festival. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
Jenna would like to express her heartfelt gratitude to the city of Buffalo and Niagara Falls for introducing her to the beauty of Western New York, beef-on-weck and making her a lifetime fan of the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to all the talented and supportive people who helped to make The American Side.