Meet the Digital Storyteller
Born in Chicago and raised in the South Suburbs, Jennet Posey has been a creative soul since her childhood. Shortly after learning to read and write as a child she fell in love with the idea of telling stories or using creative ways to convey ideas to audiences. It started as a love for writing narratives and poetry, but later developed into photography, journalism and filmmaking into her adulthood.
One of her greatest inspirations behind her work comes from her experience as a chemical equipment mechanic for the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Jennet was apart of the 3rd Infantry Division which was one of the first units to invade Iraq during the start of the war. This life changing experience compelled her into giving her all because of a new found clarity & understanding of how fleeting life really is.
After honorably serving the country, Jennet decided to pursue her lifelong passion of writing in the the field of journalism. She received a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and later went on to receive a Master of Science in Professional Media and Professional Media Management with a focus in Documentary Production from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012.
Jennet and her projects have received national notoriety such as , Deuce, which was recognized at Columbia College Chicago's First Look Festival in 2007 and the documentary short, The Price of the Soldier's Freedom, which received an honorable mention at the Hope and Freedom Film Festival in Long Beach, California in 2011. Jennet also received the Drum Major Instinct Award in 2012 from Southern Illinois University for her unique contributions to promoting social justice and equality in the community.
Her documentary short, Through Her Eyes, explores the world of women veterans and addresses the issues that mainstream media have gotten wrong about women veterans. This project is overdue in the women veteran community simply because of the rarity of women veterans having the platform to tell their own stories. Jennet has also explored the art of silent film and by releasing the narrative short The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train which takes a gripping look at battling depression while going through tough economic times.
Currently, Jennet is working on her first full length feature documentary, Don’t Call Me Crazy: The Nervous Breakdown of Black America. This film will explore the stigma of mental illness in the African American community in hopes to bring about a conversation that will birth change and help to those who suffer from mental illness.
All work and no play makes Jane a dull gal. To alleviate this, Jennet spends her free time enjoying the melodic sounds of jazz & hip hop, kayaking, traveling and simply enjoying every God given moment.