Jessica Plumb is an award-winning filmmaker and writer focused on the relationship between people and place. She is the Producer, Co-Director and writer of Return of the River, a feature documentary about the largest dam removal in history, recognized with a dozen festival awards, including “Best Storytelling” by the International Wildlife Film Festival and reviewed as “hell-raising documentary filmmaking at its best.” 

Her video art films, best described as video poetry, have screened in galleries and theaters throughout the United States and internationally. 

Plumb also directs a video production company that creates short films for clients, with a focus on education, art and environmental organizations. Her freelance articles have been published in the Boston Sunday Globe, Christian Science Monitor and other publications.

Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, she worked in Boston and Beijing, and served as interim editor of the Yale China Review. Plumb holds a B.A. from Yale University and an interdisciplinary MFA from Goddard College. 

Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb

Film Awards

  • Best Writing, Science Media Awards

  • Project Impact Award, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

  • Emerging Filmmaker Award, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

  • Gold Jury Prize, Social Justice Film Festival

  • Best International Documentary, Kuala Lumpur

  • Best Storytelling, International Wildlife Film Festival

  • Best Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival

  • Best Eco Film, Wine Country Festival

  • Conservation Media Grant Award, 2015

  • Audience Award & Jury Award, Port Townsend Film Festival

  • GAP Grant, Artist Trust, 2012

RECENT Writing & Publications

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“Hell-raising documentary filmmaking at its best, packed with natural beauty and a comforting message that hope is not lost for our bruised planet.” 

— Sound on Sight, Seattle

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