Jessica Bennett is a New York-based Director of Photography originally from Miami, Florida. Their body of work includes feature and short narrative, documentary, fashion, branded content, music videos, and artist moving image. Her cinematography has been showcased at Sundance, Tribeca, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Frameline, Outfest, and the Whitney Biennial. Clients include Harry Winston, Bobbi Brown, Calvin Klein, Converse, Rolling Stone, VICE HBO, and Netflix. Jessica’s career began in lighting design for theater and performing arts. From there she gained expert experience in lighting and camera movement working as a camera operator, gaffer and key grip alongside master cinematographers such as Lisa Rinzler, Bradford Young ASC, and Michael McDonough ASC. During her nearly 20 year career, she has worked with Spike Lee, Arthur Jafa, Martin Scorsese, Deb Shoval, Andrew Dosunmu, and contemporary artists Leah Devun, Sabisha Friedberg, and Sasha Wortzel.
Coming of age embedded in the subcultures of a paradoxical Miami, J developed a unique cinematic style that finds a balance between light, shadow, beauty, and darkness. Her cinematography is informed by a deep sense of ethics. She approaches her subjects with dignity and respect and is sensitive to the social political underpinnings of their work. With a diverse background in film, photography, music, and fine arts, her use of lighting and movement guides viewers to the essence of any subject.
Recipient of ASC Vision Mentorship Award