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WALNUT & ROSE PICTURES is the production company of Jennifer Steinman Sternin, an award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in television and filmmaking. Jennifer has established herself professionally as a creative storyteller, with a passion for story structure and the ability to tap into the heart, emotion and cultural significance of a story.  She directs, produces and edits her own film projects, does commissioned work for various television, corporate and commercial clients, and consults and collaborates with fellow independent filmmakers.

Most recently, Jennifer directed and executive produced, "HI, I'M NANCY RUBIN," a documentary special for Joanna and Chip Gaines' MAGNOLIA NETWORK, featuring one of her most influential and inspiring high school teachers, which is now streaming on HBOMAX and DISCOVERY+. Previous films include directing the award-winning documentary short GRAMMA & GINGA: THE MOVIE (PEACOCK); editing the feature film DEAR SANTA (IFC Films, TribecaX Best Feature Winner), and serving as Lead Editor for the Disney+ series PICK OF THE LITTER. 


Jennifer also directs and edits commercial and branded content, her recent clients include Google, and The California Surgeon General.


In 2018, Jennifer produced the feature documentary TIME FOR ILHAN, which documents now-U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's first run for office. TIME FOR ILHAN premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered multiple awards including a 2019 Emmy® Award and a NAACP Image Award Nomination. Jennifer's feature film DESERT RUNNERS (Director/Producer/Editor) was named by the Huffington Post as one of "The Top Documentaries of 2013,” won numerous festival awards and was acquired by DirecTV and Amazon. Her feature directorial debut, MOTHERLAND (Director/Producer/Editor), had its world premiere and won an Audience Award at SXSW in 2009. MOTHERLAND went on to win several other best-of-festival awards and was voted by fans to return to SXSW in 2012 for an Encore Screening.

Jennifer began her career as a staff editor at CBS, both in New York and San Francisco. She has produced and edited content for ABC, PBS, Discovery, Nat Geo, Disney+ and many other television networks. Her films have been accepted into many major film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA. She won a Telly Award and has been nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Rich, daughter Madeline, and two needy dogs, Roxy and Walter.  She currently has two feature films, two short films and a non-fiction series in development, and does speaking engagements around the world.  You can watch her TEDx TALK  here.  Jennifer is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), The Alliance of Women Directors (AWD), The Documentary Producers' Alliance (DPA), and she is the founder of the Bay Area Women Directors' Collective

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