The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality
My current project is Directing, Producing, Writing, and Edting The Construct: Female Laborers and the Fight for Equality, which follows Burmese female construction workers and how their stories relate to the country’s broader fight for gender equality. Female construction workers are widespread throughout Myanmar. They illustrate a contradiction in gender equality, as their occupation seems like a sign of progress, yet they are exploited by the men in charge. The Construct will examine how, if at all, a woman leading the country changes and impacts the lives of everyday women. Stream The Construct now on Seed&Spark here!
"United, PERIOD" is a collaboration between Blue Peel Productions, United Period, and UnTabooed. This video serves as an absorption announcement and move towards uniting the non-profit period advocacy sector, and was produced and directed by Jalena Keane-Lee.
No Program No Peace
"No Program No Peace" gives voice to the students at Wellesley College advocating for a tenured Asian Americanist. After 15 years of student activism, Wellesley now has an Asian American Studies minor, but no funding and no tenured professor. "No Program No Peace" captures compelling student testimonial on the power and importance of Asian American Studies. The video won 2nd place in the Boston Asian Film Festival's Short Waves contest, and was produced and directed by Jalena Keane-Lee.
Nadya for Cambridge City Council
“Nadya for Cambridge City Council” is a collaboration with the wonderful Nadya Okamoto, a Harvard freshman who is the founder and executive director of PERIOD. PERIOD is a global nonprofit that supplies menstrual products to homeless women. Blue Peel Productions collaborated with Nadya to make a video announcing her candidacy for Cambridge City Council. The video has gone viral and racked up over 20,000 views in the first week. The video was directed and produced by Jalena Keane-Lee.
Shutting Down Bulls**t with SAAFE
This viral video shuts down the problematic views of "feminist" writer Laura Kipnis on Title IX and sexual assault awareness activism. The video was a partnership between Blue Peel Productions and the sexual assault awareness organization SAAFE. Directed, produced by and starring Jalena Keane-Lee.
Short video that was shot and edited by Jalena Keane-Lee, documenting Movimento Cosecha's Salsa Shutdown for migrant rights in Boston.
Disciplinary Power & The Choice of our Generation
Video essay on Foucault's concept of disciplinary power. Edited together by Jalena Keane-Lee for a political theory course on the carceral state.
Singapore Pink Dot Festival
On our way to Yangon, Myanmar to shoot The Construct the Blue Peel Productions team stopped in Singapore to get visas. Jalena Keane-Lee Directed and Produced this short about Singapore's Pink Dot Festival, a celebration of LGBTQA+ pride and human rights. This festival is especially poignant since same sex marriage is still illegal in Singapore and there are many cultural stigmas around homosexuality.
The Pick Up
The Pick Up is a short film created, written, directed, produced, and starring Jalena Keane-Lee. Her and her fellow co-creater were inspired by Superbad and wanted to re envision mainstream movies so that they starred women of color. This was Jalena' first filmmaking experience after coming back from Prague and she learned the difficulties of creating a filmmaking community in a school where one does not really exist.
In the fall semester of her junior year Jalena Keane-Lee participated in a study abroad program with FAMU, Prague's most prestigious film and television school. Over the semester she wrote and directed a short film shot on 16mm film, which is currently being considered for film festivals across the country. The password to view the film is "Praha."
Wellesley College TV Episode
Eco Company Segment
As a host of the international TV Show Eco Company Jalena Keane-Lee traveled across California interviewing environmental change makers. She helped to produce segments by scouting shooting locations, training new hosts, writing interview questions and researching stories. Click here for more Eco Company videos.
Jalena Keane-Lee speaking about the importance of public education for the Alameda School Board.
FREE The Documentary
Jalena Keane-Lee was featured in this award winning documentary about Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, which she was a member of in high school. The film follows the company for one year of working together and creating their annual origional two-hour hip-hop, spoken-word, theater performance about social justice issues.