Jen Araki is an Actress, Director, Producer and Humanitarian. Founder of Broken Tree Productions, Jen built the company with a focus on powerful and effective storytelling to cultivate a better world. Her mission is to generate content that connects our community and influences social change. Jen was both director and producer of the award-winning documentary “We Gotta Get Out of Here” - a feature length documentary that chronicles the journeys of five young men and women struggling and striving to beat the odds as they navigate their way out of the Foster Care System in Los Angeles, CA. The film won best feature documentary at the LA Art Festival, NYC New Filmmakers and the Alt Film Festival and is currently in distribution. Jen has worked as an actress in New York City and Los Angeles the past 14 years and she has appeared in numerous television shows, playing James Gandolfini's mistress on "Sopranos", to working with Henry Winkler on "Royal Pains", along with many independent films and theatre productions.
Jen is in preparing to film her next feature documentary titled “They Call Me Superman” – on the life of Manuel Jimenez, Boxing Coach at the infamous Wild Card Boxing, in Los Angeles, CA. The film will reflect upon and follow Manuel, an unsung hero with a commitment to fulfilling a personal oath he made to himself years prior “to help change as many boxers’ lives as he can” in his lifetime. A true story; of one man’s struggles and sacrifice doing what he can for the love of humanity through his passion for Boxing. Currently, Jen is currently collaborating with various production companies and working as a producer for a Vancouver, BC based production company Media Button Communications Inc and is continuing acting with agent Carrie Wheeler. Jen strives to create change along with bringing awareness to various issues and continues to strive to tell compelling stories through various different platforms. Born and raised in Canada (Kelowna, BC) she holds dual citizenship and resides between both Vancouver, BC (Canada) and Los Angeles, CA (USA).