Jane Ainbinder


Jane is an award-winning filmmaker who has created content for documentaries, narrative films, commercials and corporate videos.  Her expertise in directing, producing, cinematography and editing have garnered awards in the festival circuit and her work has screened globally.  After graduating with an MFA from USC School of Cinema Television in 1996, Jane worked for 10 years as a broadcast commercial editor.  During this time she also kept her hand in independent filmmaking and directed, shot and edited many documentaries and narrative films.  Eventually, Jane wrote, directed and co-produced Nail Polish, a narrative feature length 35mm film that screened in festivals nationally and in 2007 won two awards.  Eager to combine her vast experience as an independent filmmaker and a commercial editor, Jane created Backtalk Films where she now produces content for small businesses, non-profits and other independent filmmakers.


Awards for Jane’s Work:

 Stage IV, Feature Documentary, Additional Cinematographer
Winner of Merit Documentary, Indie Fest 2009

Nail Polish, 35mm Feature Film, Writer/Director/Producer
Winner of Best 35mm Feature Film, Long Island Film Festival 2007
Winner of Best Home Grown Film, Garden State Film Festival 2007

Oregon, 35mm Short, Editor
Official Selection South by Southwest 2001

Nupur, 35mm Short, Editor
Winner of Family Award, USA Film Festival 2001

Butterfly, Feature Documentary, Editing Consultant
National Broadcast on POV Award Winning Documentary Showcase 2000

The Good Son, 16mm Short, Cinematographer
Highlighted in First Out, a collection of award-winning gay-themed short films 1998

Intersections, Short Documentary, Director/Producer/Cinematographer
Winner Student Academy Award, Best Documentary 1996

The Pearl Necklace, 16mm Short, Writer/Director/Producer
Winner Best Experimental Film, Ft. Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival 1995

Telling Stories, 16mm Short, Cinematographer/Editor
Winner Best Experimental Film, Worldfest Charleston Film Festival 1995

2006 Panavision New Filmmaker’s Camera Grant
2006 Fleishhacker Foundation Grant
1996 John Huston Directing Fellowship