Sun Come Up

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Sun Come Up is an Academy Award®-nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental migrants. When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home.




Jennifer Redfearn looking straight at the camera. She has shoulder-length hair and is wearing a necklace and black button-down shirt. Portrait in black and white.Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award®-nominated director and producer. She directed and produced the film, Sun Come Up, about a small island community that is being displaced by climate change. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award and the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award in 2011. It screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Jennifer’s feature debut, Tocando la Luz (Touch the Light) premiered at the Full Frame Documentary festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. In her client work, Jennifer has directed and produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. She also produced several short documentaries and multimedia pieces for MediaStorm. Projects she produced and edited at MediaStorm were nominated for the World Press Photo, Anthropographia, and Webby awards in the multimedia and documentary categories. Jennifer holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. She founded Red Antelope Films in 2010 with her partner Tim Metzger.



Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award® and IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award and aired on HBO in 2011. After a successful festival run, it screened in community theaters across the U.S. and in over 500 educational communities across the globe. Sun Come Up is part of the Reel Power collaborative and New Day Films.