JJ (Jenna) Neepinis an Indigenous writer & director based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a member of the Fox Lake Cree Nation. JJ has written, directed and produced several short films alongside her sister/partner/producer; Justina Neepin with their company JJ Neepin Films INC.
JJ has also directed for several documentary television productions including EagleVision’s/APTN’s TAKEN (Seasons 2-4) about Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, APTN’s/Red Cloud’s THE OTHER SIDE Season 5, APTN’s Indigenous Music Doc Series and AMPLIFY Season 1. Not only a director, JJ was also an Associate Producer on the new CBC/SiennaFilms Production TRICKSTER–Season1 (airing in fall of 2020). JJ was a winner of the 2019 Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC)/CBC Films Talent Development Award for her feature script LUMINOUS. She was selected as 1 of 8 Directors for the Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Story & Leadership Program 2018-2019. JJ was also chosen alongside 5 other female directors for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Inaugural 2017/18 Directors Program for Women.
When JJ is not on set, she is writing, reading true crime, scrolling through Tumblr or binge-watching Netflix.