Jessica Hallenbeck completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia  in 2019. Her dissertation “ The Water we Call Home: Five Generations of Indigenous Women’s Persistence Along
the Salish Sea”, created in close collaboration with Artist Rosemary Georgeson,  (Sahtu Dene and Coast Salish) received the 2020 Starkey Robinson Award for graduate research on Canada. Jessica holds a Masters Degree from the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning and is a Registered Professional Planner. She is also the co-founder of Lantern Films, where she works to support the creation of critically important and visually compelling documentary films, including Nuxalk Radio, Directed by Banchi Hanuse  (VIFF, HOT DOCS, ImagineNATIVE), Happytime Social Club, Directed by Dave Rodden-Shortt (VIFF, Sidewalk) and The Train Station, Directed by Lyana Patrick (VIFF). Jessica also sits on the Boards of DOC BC and DOC National.