Jennifer M. Kroot Interview
IndieHouse SF Podcast
Welcome to Episode 2 of the INDIEHOUSE SF Podcast. Join us each episode as we get to know the SF film community, one filmmaker at a time.
IndieHouse SF Interview: Jennifer M. Kroot
Director Jennifer M. Kroot is a seasoned documentary filmmaker. Her feature length documentary, To Be Takei, a portrait of actor/activist George Takei (Star Trek), premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Starz Digital in August 2014 to critical acclaim. Her feature documentary, It Came From Kuchar, following cult filmmaking duo George and Mike Kuchar, premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Kroot brings a background in underground filmmaking to her documentaries, and uses that sensibility to create surprises within her stories. Her tales incorporate shifts in pace and tone that allow a fluid and engaging structure. Kroot focuses on the humanity of her subjects, keeping their stories accessible and unpretentious.
She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Frameline, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Kroot is a Bay Area native and studied film at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she taught film. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and Denver University.
Two things Jennifer loves are cats and the ESPN documentary series on OJ Simpson (which she has watched at least 3 times).
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN premiered at SxSW in 2017.
Top 5 Things
- Spending time outside
- Vietnamese food
- Having a comfortable, relaxing home