JEANETTE BONNER, FOUNDER, CEO
Jeanette Bonner is an award-winning producer in NYC who works in narrative film, theater, digital content, reality and podcast. She began her producing career with her semi-autobiographical solo show Love. Guts. High School. which premiered at New York's Midtown International Theatre Festival (nominations for Best Actress and Best Solo Show), and later went on to the Chicago Fringe Festival (Time Out Chicago Critic’s Pick) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, under her production company Kelly's Pool Hall Productions, which she founded in 2007 to create new and original work. In addition to Love. Guts. High School, Kelly's Pool Hall has Executive Produced comedic online series Ghost Light (Official Selection Miami, UK, Austin Web Fests with nominations for Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Editing) and The Scoop, a Telly-award winning digital hybrid talk show featuring conversations with creative people over NYC ice cream, in addition to #single, a feminist podcast about navigating online dating. The Scoop was a Final Selection for Bravo TV’s Pitch & Development Lab and winner of the Real Pitch TV Format Competition and now streams in the educational market through Infobase Publishing's Access Video on Demand. Ghost Light is partnered with digital platform Seed & Spark for streaming and distribution.
In addition to Kelly's Pool Hall's original projects, she has continued her passion for helping other artists execute their vision as a Producer and Production Manager. Recent projects include In This Life, a short film about the five stages of grief told through dance, conveying the complexity of grief in the often wordless way it impacts all our lives. Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez, the film stars Robbie Fairchild (former principal dancer at NYC Ballet) and features the choreography of five top artists in the country including Christopher Wheeldon. The film screened at nine festivals worldwide, winning Best Experimental Film at the Brooklyn Film Festival, Best Musical at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival, and screening to a sold out audience at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre at the Dance on Camera Festival after being named "one of the top 7 dance performances to catch" by The New York Times. It's now available to stream at AllArts.org, a division of PBS.
Being a part of the creative process is a core aspect of Jeanette's value system. Jeanette's voice comes from a strong desire to connect truthfully with others to unearth their passion as well as a love of making people smile. She is inspired stories that are female-forward and is passionate about improving the parity representation across the entertainment industry.