Fine Grain Films was founded in 2010 by Sri Lankan-American filmmaker and photographer, Jennifer Pritheva Samuel. Samuel tells personal stories that connect to larger themes of migration, identity and movement as activism. Her subject collaborators are primarily women whose stories are ignored by the mainstream media.

In 2013 Fine Grain Films released Claiming Our Voice sharing the stories of Andolan, an organization founded and led by South Asian immigrant women low-wage workers as a means to support each other and collectively organize against exploitative work conditions. The film follows the women as they create, rehearse and refine acts for their first popular multi-lingual theater performance. Fine Grain Films is currently in production on “Folklore & Fishnets” which shares the trials and triumphs of a Brooklyn-based neo-folkloric performance ensemble that specializes in dance theater of the African diaspora.

In 2009, Samuel co-produced Even So, her first narrative short with visual artist, Hank Willis Thomas and writer/director, Caran Hartsfield. In 2010, she produced Child Rights and Climate Change: Your World, Your Voice, Your Future, an educational film for UNICEF. In 2009, Less Talk, More Action, a short film she produced, was narrated by teenagers live in front of 192 world leaders at the Secretary General’s Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations.

Samuel has worked on several independent documentary films including American Promise (2013), Revolucion:Cinco Miradas (2006), Beyond Conviction (2006) and Perishable (in production) as well as The Storm (2005), Heat (2008), The Old Man and The Storm (2009), The Quake (2010) and Cell Tower Deaths (2012) for PBS FRONTLINE.  

Samuel is the founder, curator and producer behind Visionaries a nomadic series bringing together artists and organizations with a common mission. She is currently producing the talks and workshops for Brooklyn’s outdoor photo festival, Photoville. Until recently, she was the Associate Director of Anastasia Photo, a gallery specializing in documentary photography and photojournalism. Prior to that, she was the Studio Manager of Hank Willis Thomas’ artist studio and co-founder and curator of the Brooklyn Photo Salon, a lively intergenerational and multicultural quarterly series bringing together emerging and established photographers for community building and dialogue.

Samuel received her B.A. in Anthropology from New York University. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Dominica before obtaining her Masters from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in 2005 focusing on Media and Economic Development.