Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and immersive media producer with more than fifteen years of experience in journalism and film. Her debut feature documentary, ALWAYS IN SEASON, premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency. ALWAYS IN SEASON has received nominations for Best Writing from IDA Documentary Awards 2019 and the Spotlight Award from Cinema Eye Honors 2019, and the film will broadcast on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens in February 2020. Jackie also co-directed and co-produced the award-winning hour-long thesis film, Black to Our Roots, which broadcast on PBS WORLD in 2009. Jackie has received artist grants and industry funding from Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Ford Foundation, Firelight Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures, International Documentary Association, Kendeda Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Southern Documentary Fund, Alternate ROOTS, and more. She was recently awarded the Emerging Filmmakers of Color Award from International Documentary Association (IDA) and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and profiled one of Variety's "10 Filmmakers To Watch."
Jackie has gained experience with immersive media production as a fellow with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Institute for New Media Technologies and Mediamaker Fellows, the Black Public Media New Media Institute, and most recently, the Open Immersion VR Lab sponsored by the Ford Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, and the Canadian Film Centre. In 2010, Jacqueline created the prototype for a virtual reality, role-playing environment that offers viewers an immersive look at the choices and circumstances that can lead to lynch mob violence. The VR project is called Always in Season Island and is featured in the MIT Open Documentary Lab Docubase. Jackie is currently producing an accompanying VR project that uses 360° video and computer-generated imagery (CGI) animation to explore the film’s themes of dehumanization and violence, offering users strategies for moving confidently through the racialized public spaces that black women navigate daily.