Hello! My name is Jacqueline Romano, and I am a documentary filmmaker and digital content producer based in New York City and Miami. It is so inspiring to have people who believe in their work come to me for a creative partnership. I help individuals, small businesses and organizations portray what they are doing, and why, in a way that the right investors, customers or clients can relate. With over 10 years of experience building stories through photography and videography, I have witnessed that a story told in the right way will increase funding, bring in new clients and create brand loyalty. No matter what stage you are in with your work, I am here to guide you through the process of creating content to share your story in a way that will create optimal impact and growth from a place of passion and heart.
The ability to use storytelling for growth, connection and education is one of the closest things to real magic that exists in human life. It was not until I was in my second year of a Bachelor’s program at Parsons School of Design in New York City that I realized my true strength was in telling stories authentically through documentary filmmaking. Using my years of experience in leading the organic growth and administration of blindfoldmag.com, a socially conscious storytelling platform, and in directing documentary films to drive funding to organizations bring together a remarkable depth and breadth of storytelling experience that I now use to help people present their own unique leadership, story, and impact to the world. My work has not only helped inspire policy change, business partnerships, and growth but has also acted as a tool to raise my clients thousands of dollars in revenue and donations. I believe that this is rooted in the careful thought and heart I put into building each story to create heart-centered connection and thought-provoking impact.
In 2016, I converted Blindfold Magazine, then in print, to an online storytelling platform blindfoldmag.com. Through written articles, beautiful photography and short-form documentaries that we call “Mini-Docs”, Blindfold shares the stories of humans who are removing the blindfold on local and global issues by revealing the truth and are progressively making improvements toward a more socially conscious world. These activists, advocates, and educators allow themselves to be seen, they share their stories and they reveal the truth. I believe that the more stories like these are shared, the more we can collectively heal our planet.
It was through my work with Blindfold, that I met the Founder of Urban Light, Alezandra Russell. Urban Light empowers at-risk boys and young men in Thailand to live a life outside the grasp of exploitation and trafficking. After raising $15,000 to fly to Thailand to create a “Mini-Doc” with the goal of driving additional funding to their organization, I realized first-hand the complexity of the issue that the exploitation and trafficking of boys in Thailand was. I ventured into the areas where the boys and young men were being sold for sex, and it was in hearing from these young men the vulnerabilities they face that limit them to survival sex and in seeing sex tourists disregard them as human beings that I decided to start a documentary film called The Often Forgotten. This film not only exposes the issue of the exploitation and trafficking of boys and young men in Thailand but also addresses the challenges that activists who are fighting for their rights are facing. The Often Forgotten is due for completion in March 2020.
We all have beautiful stories to share and can serve the planet just by being ourselves. What really excites me is supporting others in the meaningful work they feel called to do in the world. Whether you choose to work with me to direct a video for you, to capture your magic in photographs, or support you in managing your online presence, I am here to guide you where you dream to go.
Work Featured In
Life & Style Weekly Online
OK! Magazine Online
Entertainment Tonight Online
US Weekly Online
LA Dance Film Festival, Jury Award Winner, 2017
Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, Jury Award Winner, 2017
Artspace Dejunius Hughs Award for Activism, 2015
48 Hour Film Festival, Best Film, 2015
48 Hour Film Festival, Best Editing, 2015
Fort Lauderdale's Finest Honor, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2014
Yellow Co's Do Good Dozen Series
You, Yourself and Why Podcast
Boards I've Served On
Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2014 & 2015
Clients I've Worked with
National WIC Association
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Connections with Jaci
The Big Quiet
Rogers & Cowan PMK
Privé Revaux Eyewear
Allstar Products Group
International Documentary Association
SunServe Youth Services
Global Lyme Alliance