Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program (DFP) at the Sundance Institute in late 2013. The DFP is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries that tell compelling stories, push the boundaries of the form, or address contemporary issues including social justice and human rights. In supporting such work, the DFP encourages the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. Recent films supported by the DFP include The Square ,The Genius of Marian, and The Invisible War.
With over 20 years experience in the field, Jackson most recently served as Commissioning Editor for Arts, at the UK’s Channel 4 Television, where she supported and championed the alternative voice, and sought to find fresh ways of storytelling. Commissions included: Mark Cousins’ 15 part odyssey The Story of Film, Clio Barnard’s formally innovative verbatim cinema doc The Arbor, Bart Layton’s documentary thriller The Imposter, and most recently, the Sundance award-winning Nick Cave film, 20,000 Days on Earth.
Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson made films in both the UK and US about identity, history, and social justice. Awards for her work include a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journey.