Jenny Bowen (filmmaker)

Jenny Bowen is an American screenwriter and director known for her work on films like Street Music and In Quiet Night. She is married to the cinematographer Richard Bowen.[1]

Jenny Bowen
San Francisco, California, USA
EducationSan Francisco State University
OccupationScreenwriter, director
Spouse(s)Richard Bowen

Bowen intended to be an actress,[2] performing in plays while attending San Francisco State University. She later began directing stage plays before becoming interested in sound design.[3]

Bowen formulated the idea for her debut feature, Street Music, during a production lull in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, where she was working as a recording engineer.[4] After the success of Street Music, she went on to direct three more films.

In 1998, she retired from filmmaking and founded OneSky for all children, a global NGO that works with orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.[5] She has also published a book, Wish You Happy Forever, based on her work with OneSky.[6]

In 2008, she was chosen by popular vote to carry the Olympic Torch on Chinese soil ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[7]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Cameras Roll at UMN". Albuquerque Journal. 27 December 1984. p. 37. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ "'Street Music,' the little film that could". The Evening Sun. 1 November 1982. p. B6. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ "The labor of love in the Tenderloin". The San Francisco Examiner. 27 November 1980. p. 79. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ "New level of independent films prompts wider distribution efforts". The Baltimore Sun. 21 February 1982. p. 62. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Jenny Bowen". HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ Steimle, Joshua. "How One Social Entrepreneur Saved 100,000 Lives". Forbes. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ "US charity founder carries the torch for quake orphans". China Daily. 16 June 2008.