Jackson studied filmmaking at MIT with Ricky Leacock and has directed and/or edited dozens of films for PBS including: Voices and Visions: Emily Dickinson, Jackson Pollock: Portrait, Through Madness (1993 NYC Emmy® winner), The Creative Spirit, Storytellers, The Van Cliburn Piano Competition; Bill Moyers' Journal, the prize-winning series The Mind, and segments for Sesame Street and Live from Lincoln Center.
She most recently completed a feature length documentary that she shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the fate of women and girls in that country's intractable war. "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" won a Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. She produced and directed Meeting with a Killer: One Family's Journey (2001 Emmy® Award nominee) for Court TV; Life Afterlife, a 90-minute Special for HBO; The Secret Life of Barbie (1999 Emmy® Award winner) for ABC News; Addicted and Why Am I Gay? for HBO's "America Undercover" series; No Money, Mo' Problems and Smart Sex for the MTV series "True Life"; The Other Epidemic for ABC News; Firefighters for The Learning Channel; A Passion to Play for ABC Sports; Anatomy of a Baseball Trade for HBO Sports; segments for EGG, the PBS arts series; five episodes in the Hallmark Channel's acclaimed Adoption series, including stories shot in Siberia and Guatemala; and national PSA's for the Office for Victims of Crime. Jackson produced and directed a new documentary series about ordinary people who have won the Carnegie Medal for heroism that will air on the Hallmark Channel in 2008 and is currently working on a film about a group of displaced women living in the slums of BogotÃ¡, Colombia.
Jackson's awards include an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Informational Special ('99); a New York City Emmy ('93); three CINE Golden Eagles; four Houston International Film Festival, Gold Awards; a Silver Chris Award from the Columbus International Film Festival; a Planned Parenthood "Maggie" Award for Outstanding Documentary; two Gold Clarion Awards from Women in Communications; Audience Choice Awards from the Vancouver, Breckenridge and Cinequest film festivals and a Movies That Matter Award from Amnesty International. She has screened her work and lectured at the Columbia University School of Journalism, New York University, Harvard University and was a visiting professor of documentary film at the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan.