Borrn 1955, in Kiel, Germany. Attended the Universities of Hamburg, Bochum and Essen.
1982: Master of Arts in Literature and Linguistics at the University of Essen with a thesis on Alexander Kluge’s concept of fantasy.
Following graduation, work as unit and production manager, later as 1st AD for (among others) OASE Film (Essen), PANORAMA FILM (Berlin), CALYPSO (Cologne), Winkelmann Film Production (Dortmund) with directors (a.o.) Dominik GRAF, Michael LENTZ, Bernd SCHADEWALD, Adolf WINKELMANN.
Throughout the 1980s: Continual involvement in the independent film and media scenes of West Germany. Baier developed numerous projects, and produced and directed documentaries and short films (some of them in Super8), including the feature-length compilation film Die Mission – Film vom Frieden und seinem Krieg/The Mission – Film of Peace and its War, which premiered at the International Forum of the 1984 Berlinale.
Baier then directed documentary films for the public television broadcasting station WDR and wrote and directed two full-length films (both with N. Kerkhey), Die Splitter der Eisbombe/Splitters of the Ice Bomb (1985) and Frühstück für Feinde/Breakfast of Enemies (1988), for public television broadcasting station ZDF.
Moved to Berlin in 1993.
Since 1997, Jackie Baier is officially a woman. Since her sex change, she has continued working as director of TV series and independent short films and documentaries.
Since 1999, she has put increased emphasis on her freelance photography and has also participated in numerous exhibitions and art fair presentations.
2006 – participates in the group show SEX WORK (Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin).
2009 – Artist in Residence, Copenhagen/Denmark (DIVA Programme of the Danish Arts Council).
2011 – Baiers feature-length documentary HOUSE OF SHAME / CHANTAL ALL NIGHT LONG premiers at the Panorama Section of 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). Awarded MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE / BEST DOCUMENTARY at Film Festival CHÉRIES-CHÉRIS, Paris (France) 2011. Theater release in June, 2012.
2013 Baiers feature-length documentary JULIA premiered at 70. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica/Biennale di Venezia (Venice International Film Festival / Italy). Awarded a special mention (Premio Maguey/IFF Guadalajara/Mx.) and 5 awards as Best Documentary at various international film festivals. JULIA was released in German theaters in January, 2015, and was aired in the Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal.
In 2017, Baier is appointed a full member of German Photographic Academy (Deutsche Fotografische Akademie).
In 2019, Jackie’s half-hour slide show GIRLS OF THE ROYAL BAR (funded by Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst) premiers at “Haus der Photographie” (Deichtorhallen), Hamburg.
As a stills photographer Jackie collaborates with directors (a.o.) Shu Lea Cheang and Bruce LaBruce.
Also she is working regularly as a director for TV series, helming a.o. several episodes of the long running show ROTE ROSEN, produced by Studio Hamburg Serienwerft for ARD/Das Erste (seasons 18 – 22).
Lives and works in Berlin.