Hawk Jensen is an award-winning journalist, writer, producer, director, editor, and artist with over 19 years as a Hollywood filmmaker. He has spent the better part of a decade producing and directing human rights advocacy documentary films
Hawk got his film industry start working in the trenches, doing virtually every production job in the industry. His early work on TV commercials included: location scout, production coordinator, still photographer, and 2nd unit directing with commercial director Blair Hayes. Moving to independent feature film, Hawk became a 2nd assistant director, 1st assistant director, and associate producer. In his follow-up work in television and mainstream feature films, he progressed from assistant to the director, title sequence producer, and writers’ room assistant to a full writer. He worked for Disney and Warner Brothers studios during most of this period. In 2009, he sold an original drama pilot script to Warner Brothers and won a DGA/ WGA writing competition for an original comedy script.
Seeking more meaningful storytelling, Hawk joined ReasonTV and became a full-time documentary producer, director and journalist. With Reason, he produced scores of short films, advancing human rights and free thinking. He won a Southern California Journalism Award for his work defending photographers’ rights.
After his tenure at Reason, Hawk began freelance filmmaking. He has produced and directed a number of projects on location in places as varied as Haiti, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Florida and Canada.
In 2012, Hawk finished his first feature documentary, Honor Flight, as co-producer and lead editor with the Freethink Media production company. Amongst its many awards and accolades, Honor Flight premiered in front of a Guinness World Record audience of 28,422 people.
Hawk founded Smock Media in 2012 as a platform to focus on his directing career. He currently collaborates with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) on series of short documentaries called The Witness Project. The series tell the stories of individuals that triumph in the face of state oppression. So far, he has directed 8 episodes of an 11 episode season. The first two episodes of the series were premiered at the Library of Congress in 2015 and two subsequent episodes have won film festival awards. Hawk also collaborates with organizations such as the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and the Moving Picture Institute (MPI). Hawk directed a film series about MPI’s masterclass seminars He also developed and ran his own MPI masterclass seminar called The Mindful Editor.
Commercial clients include: Alaska Tide Water Logistics in partnership with Teton Gravity Research and Chronic Nation, CubaDecide and Digicel Haiti / Tchotcho Mobile.
Hawk lives in Venice Beach, CA.
Documentary Films Co-Produced and Edited by Hawk
Honor Flight, One last Mission | released 2012
Documentary Film Series Produced and Directed by Hawk
Witness Project: The Story of Daniel Magay | released 2016
Witness Project: The Story of Nal Oum | released 2016
Witness Project: The Story of Anastasia Lin | released 2016
Witness Project: The Story of Rosa Maria Paya | released 2017
Witness Project: The Story of Wanda Wos Lorenc | released 2017 Witness Project: The Story of David Smolansky | in post-production 2018 Witness Project: The Story of Dan Novacovici | in post-production 2018 Witness Project: The Story of Ji Seong-Ho | in post-production 2018
Smock Seminar Series • The Mindful Editor | Directed by Hawk
2016 • Mindful Editor 1.0 | Location: P3 Post in Hollywood, CA
2017 • Mindful Editor 2.0 | Location: Tribeca West in Santa Monica, CA
2018 • Mindful Editor 3.0 | The Post Group and Runway 4k Theatre in Hollywood, CA
2016 • Washington, DC | Two episode premier of Witness Project at the Library of Congress
2017 • Los Angeles, CA | Smock Witness Project Premier Screening at the Revive Theatre, November 2018 • Austin, TX | MPI produced SXSW screening of Witness Project | Noted panelist: Aziz Alhanza 2018 • Oslo Freedom Forum | Screening of 5 episodes of Witness Project
Public Speaking Events
2017 • Panel Moderator Hawk Jensen | Anthem Film Festival | Escaping from Communism | Noted panelists Li Schoolland
2018 • Panel Moderator Hawk Jensen | Anthem Film Festival | Out of the Darkness: Fighting Communism in Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea | Noted panelists Gabriele Hayes, and Li Schoolland.
2018 • Panel Moderation by Hawk Jensen | Anthem Film Festival | Stories Behind The Iron Curtain Noted panelist Yeonmi Park, Jose Cordeiro.
2018 • Panel Participant Hawk Jensen | Anthem Film Festival | How to Stand Out as a Filmmaker in Today’s Digital World
2009 • Southern California Journalism Award | New Media Advocacy | Hawk Jensen
2012 • Guinness World Book of Records | Largest Film Screening Audience | Honor Flight
2017 • Anthem Film Festival | Excellency in Filmmaking | Witness Project: Anastasia Lin
2018 • Anthem Film Festival | Excellency in Filmmaking | Witness Project: Wanda Wos Lorenc
2018 • Anthem Film Festival | Official Selection | Witness Project: Rosá Maria Payá
2018 • Burbank International Film Festival | Official Selection | Witness Project: Wanda Wos Lorenc
2018 • Artist in Residency Award | The Vonnegut House – Culver, IN | Hawk Jensen and Gus Harper