Jennifer Boyd is founder of Boyd Productions,LLC, a documentary production company that prides itself on creating films that spark curiosity, connectivity and societal change. Her multilingual, female-led team has more than 20 years of experience in filmmaking, music television and journalism.
Jennifer has produced and directed 25 documentaries on topics ranging from climate change to gun control. Nine of those films have won EMMY awards. Recent projects include 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, which Good Morning America called “groundbreaking.” The film used in-car cameras and tracking technology to monitor the often-hidden behavior of distracted drivers. MIT, Google, and the University of Connecticut assisted with the project. The project is distributed through PBS International, APT and Amazon Prime Video.
Jennifer is currently producing and directing a 5-part series on the history of Las Vegas, a documentary on the massive international movement to turn public streets into safe spaces for all (called THE STREET PROJECT), and a new surround sound film on the history of Mesa Verde National Park.
In addition, she has partnered with NASA, Caltech, Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Energy and others to tell stories about how big data and high-performance computing are changing lives.
From 2008-2016, Jennifer created, executive produced and series produced two national public television music series, Infinity Hall Live and The Kate. She has produced over 40 shows for these series with major artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Tori Amos, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jane Lynch, Rita Wilson, Darlene Love, Ann Wilson (Heart), Rickie Lee Jones, the Revivalists and many more. Both shows have been written about in Rolling Stone Magazine, People Magazine.com, USA Today, the New York Times and numerous other publications.
Since many productions require travel, she has contracted crews in Europe, Asia and throughout the United States, and often provides international crewing services for clients.
Senior Producer/Production Manager
Catherine is responsible for developing Boyd Productions corporate client base and working on select projects. Over the course of her career, she has worked on long and short form programming for Fortune 100 companies, NOVA, PBS, American Public Television, The Discovery Channel, The National Institute for Mental Health and the National Park Service. This work has garnered national awards including a Peabody, a Telly, and numerous Emmys.
Recently, she worked as the producer and project manager on Las Vegas: The Early Years and as co-producer of 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel. She's also managed the majority of our educational projects over the past year.
Lindsay Thompson is a documentary filmmaker and educator based in Bridgeport, CT. A graduate of UNC School of the Arts, Lindsay loves the ways storytelling brings communities together and facilitates change.
Past work includes Set Apart: The Jim Abbott Story for Fox Sports, At The Tony's for CBS, writing for the PBS Kids' show Arthur, and Lindsay's directorial debut Travel Light.
Cathy Jackman is a freelance documentary filmmaker and editor committed to creating change through social justice and education. Recent films include the Emmy-award winning "Education vs. Incarceration", and "The Color of Justice," both released on Connecticut Public Television. For over 25 years, Cathy has worked on commercial, non-profit, marketing, and television programs, and has shown films at festivals worldwide. She is recipient of numerous Community Service and technical awards, including the “Champion of Children” award from the Center for Children’s Advocacy.
Cathy has mentored youth involved with the criminal justice system, and has advocated for the rights and well-being of children in Tanzania through her work with Artists for World Peace. She Holds a B.A. in English Literature from Smith College.
Video Editor / Producer and Script Supervisor
“Everything around you is telling you a story. You just need to learn how to hear it.”
These were the words of Cecilia's childhood piano teacher — as she explained how to use her life experience to find a story. At that time, the story was the music that lives behind the notes on a page. She's been chasing after stories ever since, in one medium or another.
Cecilia started her career as a classical pianist. Then she learned to craft stories as a photojournalist, photo editor, as a newspaper graphic designer and projects editor. This diverse background has given her a unique skillset that she brings to her work as a video editor and script supervisor for documentary, narrative and commercial projects.
Cecilia edited our new documentary 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel.
Paul Smith - Director of Photography
Paul has been the director of photography on many Boyd Productions projects over the past few years. He's worked on hundreds of documentaries for PBS both on a local and national level, and he's also been the lighting director for many major concerts for television.
Paul was the Director of Photography for our new American Public Television documentary, 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel.