JENNIFER, a short film by Murfreesboro’s Stewart Copeland, and a winner of the Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for a short film at the 2009 Nashville Film Festival, will be broadcast nationally — including on NPT — via the PBS series P.O.V. on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. Central. JENNIFER is one of two short films, along with Annie P. Waldman’s SO THE WIND WON’T BLOW IT ALL AWAY, to be broadcast along with the documentary THE BRONX PRINCESS, by filmmakers Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed.
In JENNIFER, Copeland explores his feelings about his mother by focusing on a key moment in her life — when she led her eighth grade students in their project contacting astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The project was successful, and the students’ conversation with the astronauts was recorded. It survives as documentation of Copeland’s mother and the moment is now remembered as a great one in her life. In rediscovering this personal footnote in history, Copeland expresses his love and admiration for his late mother.