Friday, February 4, 2011


In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are taking a closer look at this year's nominees. Today, one of this year's Best Documentary Short Subject contendersSun Come Up.

Best Documentary Short Subject nominee, Sun Come Up

SUN COME UP USA, Papua New Guinea/38 MIN

Director/Producer: Jennifer Redfearn
Producer/Cinematographer: Tim Metzger

Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders – a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home.

Jennifer Redfearn is a New York-based director, producer, and editor.  She has worked on programming for PBS, Discovery, TLC, and independent and educational distribution. She is currently producing and editing multimedia for MediaStorm where she recently completed When the Water Ends about climate change in East Africa.  In 2008, she co-produced a two-hour special, Doctors’ Diaries for WGBH/NOVA, and she produced a medical series for the Discovery channel.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.  Sun Come Up is her first independent documentary. She teaches storytelling and media skills at MediaStorm, NBC, and DCTV. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, NYSCA, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Jerome Foundation, among others.

View an exclusive clip from Sun Come Up below.