Department of Transmedia
Assistant Professor, Film
Jeffrey Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. He began teaching as a visiting professor at Cornell University in 2012 and most recently left a post as an assistant professor of mass communication at the University of Central Oklahoma. He joined Syracuse University in Fall 2017, where he teaches film, video, and audio production.
Palmer’s films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlinale, Berlin Independent Film Festival, PBS Online Film Festival, Winnipeg Indigenous Film Festival, Maoriland Film Festival, SWAIA Class X Film Festival, Film 2 Farm Aid Film Festival, Borneo International Film Festival, INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILM FESTIVAL, deadCENTER Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, ICDOCS, Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec (FIFEQ), and the Annual International Festival of Ethnographic Film. His work has also been featured in Indian Country Today, Native American Times, Art Focus and Dreamcatcher Magazine. He received awards and recognition from the Sundance Institute Creative Producers Award, Sundance Institute Native Program Lab fellowship, and Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow.
Palmer is currently working on his directorial feature debut N. Scott Momaday: Words From A Bear, which will air to a national audience on the PBS documentary series American Masters in 2019.
As a Dean's Fellow at the University of Iowa, he received an M.F.A. in film and video production in 2012, with an emphasis in documentary film and video installation. He also received an M.A. in Native American studies, focusing on Native American exploitation in early cinema, and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.