Jacqueline (Jac) Gares is a New York-based filmmaker. In 2013 she began independently producing and directing the feature-length documentary: FREE CeCe! (freececedocumentary.net) with Co-producer Laverne Cox. FREE CeCe! boldly confronts the epidemic of violence against trans women of color, and features the voice of CeCe McDonald who survived a racist, transphobic attack in Minneapolis in 2011.
As a producer and supervising producer of IN THE LIFE on public television, she learned how to tell human stories about LGBT people. Her work garnered awards from NLGJA, GLAAD, and Webbys. She has produced specials and documentaries for the History Channel, Food Network, USA Networks and worked on PBS's premiere non-fiction film showcase, P.O.V./The American Documentary. Her first documentary, about genetic testing and Alzheimer’s Disease, UNRAVELED, won a Freddie Award in 2008; her short film REMNANT won a TELLY Award in 1999. Gares has a BA in English Literature from Rutgers University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. Her work has received support from Ford Foundation and Jerome Foundation as an Emerging Film/Video Artist.