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Jennifer Hasken-O'Reggio - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jennifer Hasken-O'Reggio Jennifer Hasken-O'Reggio

Lecturer, School of Film and Television | Loyola Marymount University


Jennifer Haskin-O’Reggio holds a BA in Theater & Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in film production from USC






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Jennifer Haskin-O’Reggio was born in New Orleans, LA and holds a BA in Theater and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in film production from USC. Whilea student at Indiana, she directed and produced large scale productions such as The Colored Museum, The Wiz, and For Colored Girls and co-founded and managed the university’s first multi-cultural theater troupe.

Jennifer has written and directed several short films, winning a Student Academy Award (AMPAS), Director's Guild of America Award, Dore Schary Documentary Award, University Film & Video Association Award, the David L Wolper Student Doc Award and the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Award for her short The Mirror Lied. After an extended festival run, The Mirror Lied was picked up for distribution by The New York Filmmakers Library.

Her second short Blues for Red, funded by a Disney Production Grant, garnered another Director's Guild of America Award, the Kodak Rising Star Award, and an invitation to screen at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jennifer has produced, written and directed Sesame Street segments for PBS/Children's Television Workshop/Sesame Workshop; directed web content for various musical artists such as Gwen Stefani, Eve, Maya, Wyclef and Jadakiss for Interscope Records; and has been noted in publications such as Essence Magazine.

Currently, Jennifer is developing a narrative coming-of-age feature film set in New Zealand and is in post-production on a documentary feature about a family’s life in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. She is also producing a short film entitled Covered. When on hiatus from teaching and filmmaking, Jennifer works with at-risk youth and volunteers at the Women and Children’s Shelter.

Education (2)

Indiana University: B.A., Theater and Fine Arts 1993

Directed over 15 theatrical productions and co-fonder of SWAV, a community theater company. Activities and Societies: Co-Founder- Students With Artistic Vision, Union Board Member, Summer Research Opportunity Program, and Residential Assistant (RA)

University of Southern California: M.F.A., Film Production 1998

Activities and Societies: Cinematography Teaching Assistant, Producing Teaching Assistant, 3-Camera Sitcom Teaching Assistant

Areas of Expertise (4)

Directing (Narrative and Documentary)

Film Production (Narrative and Documentary)

Documentary Development and Producing

Multi-Media Video Art

Industry Expertise (3)


Motion Pictures and Film


Accomplishments (4)

Student Academy Award (professional)

for "The Mirror Lied"

Director's Guild of America Award (professional)

for "The Mirror Lied"

The Kodak Emerging Filmmakers Award (professional)

for "Blues For Red"

Director's Guild of America Award (professional)

for "Blues for Red"