MY FIRST SENSORY MEMORY IS ONE OF HUGGING MY FATHER AND SMELLING PHOTOGRAPHIC DEVELOPING CHEMICALS.”
Having a professional photographer as a father and a mother who could design like Edith Head, Jennifer’s eye for beauty was cultivated at an early age and nurtured while maturing into a joy of still and motion film photography. Raised in small rural communities in California and Washington State, Jenn did most of her travel via a chair and an encyclopedia. Dreaming of one day traveling to far off places like Egypt, she still hasn’t visited there, yet. As an adult she has had the amazing opportunity to travel through out North America, Europe, Asia Minor, Australia, New Zealand, The French Polynesian Islands as well as the Caribbean, always with a camera in her hand. She has a traveling exhibition of her stylized fine art photographs titled "Travel is fatal to prejudice bigotry and narrow-mindedness."
She has worked in the medium of photography for over 30 years, as an educator for over 12 years at the collegiate, secondary and middle school level and is an award winning documentary filmmaker.
She owns a bicoastal boutique media production house, Five Sisters and A Dog, (Hershey, PA & Port Orchard, WA). Jennifer, has two amazing children, (Kyle and Tyler) and a “daughter in love from heaven”, (Christina). Jenn currently resides in Central PA with her very understanding husband, Peter and one 65lb lap dog named Maple.
A Parallel Universe: A Journey Through Autism
Documentary by Five Sisters and a Dog Productions Producer/Director/Writer/Editor A quest for answers, A Parallel Universe: A Journey Through Autism investigates the mysteries of the Autism Spectrum and includes interviews with experts and researchers, explores educational techniques, and highlights the personal experiences of families living with Autism. Sparked by the filmmaker's personal experience, the path to making this film was led by her own challenges, lessons learned, and many questions as a teacher working with Autistic children. When what began as 'just an idea' for a documentary evolved into a film project, Jennifer Davis-Lewis quickly found that everyone she contacted with questions and interview requests had a compelling story to tell. These stories shaped A Parallel Universe. The heart of this film is the families and their struggles for acceptance. They have had to learn - some still learning - how to live with their child's Autism. Though each family has different beliefs of what caused their child's Autism, all want to make the world a better place not just for their child, but for all children.
Excellence in Filmmaking Award Honolulu International Film Festival
Nominated for a Voice Award