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Distracted Driving is the drunken driving issue of our time. Over the past three years, deaths due to automobile crashes have increased at a rate not seen in decades. Experts believe the rise is due to an increase in distracted driving behavior.
In the spring of 2018, I completed 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel. This documentary followed the lives of eight drivers using cameras and tracking technology designed specifically for the project. MIT, Google Android Auto, the University of Connecticut’s Transportation Research Center, Cambridge Mobile Telematics and other leaders in human behavior and automotive technology contributed their expertise to this project. 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel is currently being distributed through PBS International and American Public Television (APT).
Now, I would like to tell the other half of the story. The part about how distracted driving impacts people outside of the car. While half of all distracted driving deaths are in-car, the other half involve pedestrians and cyclists. Using a customized phone app created for the cyclists involved in this project, as well as portable cameras with data recorders, the documentary My Half of the Road (working title) takes a POV approach to documenting the moment by moment experiences of cyclists on our roads today.
Given my relationship with leading transportation experts around the world and their support of the first documentary, this second project has a very real opportunity to make an impact and tell a story that hasn’t been told before.
Jennifer Boyd is the Producer/Director of My Half of the Road. In 2018, Jennifer and her awesome production team finished the documentary 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, which is currently being distributed through American Public Television (APT) and PBS International. She has produced and directed more than 25 documentaries and 40 concerts for public television, including the EMMY Award-winning Teens: Behind the Wheel. Results from that eye-opening documentary were featured on Good Morning America, Dateline, ABC World News Tonight and MSNBC, as well as numerous local news outlets. Her company, Boyd Productions, creates documentary, entertainment and corporate media content worldwide.
Among her live entertainment projects, Jennifer was the Co-Creator and former Executive Producer of Infinity Hall Live. Infinity Hall Live captured 40 concerts with major recording artists including Melissa Etheridge, Tori Amos, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joss Stone, Keb Mo, Robert Cray, Ani Difranco and many more. Under her strategic leadership, the series enjoyed steady growth including 100 percent of the top 25 U. S. markets and 92 percent of all public TV markets. In addition, show content is seen worldwide by millions of people on social media and through full concert streaming online.
Jennifer was also co-creator of The Kate, a public television music series filmed at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She has worked with a variety of artists on the show including Ana Gasteyer (SNL fame), Ann Wilson (Heart), Rickie Lee Jones, Jane Lynch (Glee) and Darlene Love.
Recently Jennifer’s company, Boyd Productions, has worked with NASA, Caltech, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Argonne National Laboratory and other major research institutions to tell stories about how high-performance computing and big data are changing lives, and they’ve begun a new project on the early history of Las Vegas (to be released in 2019).
Her work has been written up in RollingStone, Playbill, USA Today, The New York Times, Billboard Magazine and more.
Jennifer graduated cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.