Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Victoria, British Colombia. Her first documentary Looking You In The Back of the Head asked thirteen women to try to describe themselves. It was broadcast on TV Ontario's From the Heart. She shot Unlikely Pilgrimage in India in October 1998 for TV Ontario's The View From Here. She also made a film on renowned American poet John Ashbery, Saying It to Keep it From Happening. Let It Come Down is her first feature film.