The Film

Harvest is a short documentary that was filmed over seven days in March of 2016 and follows the daily life of a woman named Jenni, exploring the simple patterns that define her.  As we get to know her, we also come to understand the extent to which her seemingly ordinary life is of great interest to people she has never met.


The Festivals

Prior to its release online, Harvest screened at a variety of 2017 film festivals including, Aspen Shortsfest, Hotdocs, Seattle International Film Festival, BAMCinemafest, and the Rooftop Films Summer Series.

Harvest was a Vimeo Staff Pick and Vimeo Staff Pick "Best of the Month" in September 2017.

Harvest was featured in the Atlantic Selects series in January 2018.


The Team

Director/Producer: Kevin Byrnes

Director of Photography/Editor/Associate Producer: James Christenson

Director of Technology: David Choffnes, Ph.D.

Narration Written and performed by: Patrick Mulvey

Narration Written by: Andrew Scott-Ramsay

Music by: Joel Pickard

Sound Editor and re-recording Mixer: Tom Hambleton

Sound editors: Chris Ceasar and Travis Thorp

Sound Recordist: Jaxon Vesely

Assistant Director of Technology: Jing Jing Ten


The Issue

Data privacy impacts everyone.  If you want to learn more about the broader issues touched on in Harvest, visit these websites.

RECON: Learn more about the ReCon application developed at Northeastern University and used during the film.

ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development.

MOZILLA: Non-profit champions of the Internet, helping to keep it healthy, open and accessible to all.

DATA TRANSPARENCY LAB: A community of technologists, researchers, policymakers and industry representatives working to advance online personal data transparency through scientific research and design.

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: For more than a decade, the Federal Trade Commission has examined the consumer protection issues that accompany the explosive growth of mobile technology.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION:  The European Union recently enacted a variety of rules designed to protect personal data.