Hey, I'm Jessica!

Los Angeles, California

Hey, it's me, Jes.

 

I'm one of those East-LA/Tuscon/Vegas-Mexican Filmakers. You know the type right?

 

After years of training to act on the stage, I finally did it. I made the move to New York, and I worked in the theatre for years before the thought started to creep in: "Maybe we aren't realizing our potential to make change." And so I morphed into the film world, first as an actor, then as a producer, and finally as a writer/director. I've learned so much along the way. And now I'm in LA, trying to be the best filmmaker I can be, while working to change the game for Latinos in Hollywood.

 

Here's the whole 'things I've done' thing:

Jessica is an alumni of the LAByrinth Theatre Co. Ensemble Workshop, T. Schreiber Studio, and The Freeman Studio in NYC. Her work has been featured in the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. Her films have shown at festivals around the country, most recently selected to be one of 19 films cultivated from over 1,400 to be showcased at the Tribeca Film Center by the prestigious Downtown Urban Arts Festival in May of 2018.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Su Promesa

Los Angeles, California Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Fearing for her life, a young Guatemalan bride must adapt when her forcibly arranged marriage is fatally threatened.

88%

This project got the green light!

Miracle Baby

New York City, New York Short
Drama, Thriller

A congressman’s wife sets the stage on her cheating husband for a night of revenge, rage, revelations, and one unspeakable act.

122%

This project got the green light!

Hello From Taiwan

Los Angeles, California Short
Drama, Family

A Taiwanese American family living in California in the late 1980s struggles to re-unite across cultural and language barriers.

110%

This project got the green light!

Mel and Ruby

Los Angeles, California Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Mel and Ruby is a heartfelt and witty examination of how two best friends navigate shame and loss.

101%

This project got the green light!

"The Book of Ruth"

New York City, New York Short
Drama, Family

A visit to grandmother’s during the Seder brings to light a significant family secret.

100%

This project got the green light!

GOALS N' SHIT

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

GNS is a comedy centered around a newly unemployed businesswoman forced to rebuild her life based on process instead of perceived "success."

100%

This project got the green light!

Funny Brown People

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Family

An immigrant working class Mexican-American family tries to make sense of each other and the world they’re assimilating into.

107%

This project got the green light!

White Crow

Los Angeles, California Feature
Mystery, Thriller

A sickly young woman's life unravels when she receives a heart transplant and begins to take on her donor's personality traits.

89%

This project got the green light!

Endless Light

Fairbanks, Alaska Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.

101%

This project got the green light!

Thunderbolt In Mine Eye

Portland, Oregon Feature
Drama, Teen

Two young neighbors embark on a first love relationship in which they struggle to remain kids amid the complexities of modern adolescence.

101%

This project got the green light!

Duncan

Austin, Texas Feature
Crime, Satire

A young black journalist & an angry alt-right militiaman team up to uncover a child trafficking ring hidden in a pizzeria's basement.

86%

This project got the green light!

Inbetween Girl

Galveston, Texas Feature
Comedy, Teen

Angie's life becomes even more complicated when she begins an affair with a popular jock at her new private school.

115%

This project got the green light!

Hudson

Syracuse, New York Feature
Comedy, Drama

Hudson is a dramedy about two distant cousins that take a trip in an old Volvo to scatter one of their late mother's ashes.

100%

This project got the green light!

Birthright?!

Miami, Florida Feature
Documentary

A journey into the tropically surreal identities of Miami's favorite hyphenated American musical duo, Afrobeta.

100%

This project got the green light!

American Totem

Chico, California Feature
Documentary

The modern gun debate is a distraction from the issues that need to be addressed. American Totem refocuses the national conversation.

100%

This project got the green light!

BABYDOLL

Austin, Texas Feature
Comedy, Drama

A failed musician and a stubborn teenager make a pact to drive across Texas to retrieve his stolen guitar and meet her long lost father.

104%

This project got the green light!

STiGMA

Atlanta, Georgia Series
Drama

As Senator Ingram stares down an easy reelection, things become unstable when he is diagnosed with a mental illness.

113%

This project got the green light!

Comedic Timing

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.

106%

This project got the green light!

Pozole

Los Angeles, California Short
Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.

112%

This project got the green light!

Made Public

Los Angeles, California Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

A fast-paced, poignant comedy about a groom whose reservations about marriage go viral on the eve of his wedding. *2017 Emergence Winner*

87%

This project got the green light!

Marisol

New York City, New York Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.

101%

This project got the green light!

Test: A Classic American Story....On Steroids

New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County Feature
Sport, LGBTQ

A young bodybuilder living in Ohio defies his religious mother when he follows the county's best coach into a world of steroid abuse

376%

This project got the green light!

Futureboy

New York City, New York Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

Billy comes from the future to stop himself from inventing time travel. Nope. Now to convince a judge, his wife, and himself he's not crazy.

94%

This project got the green light!

B.U.T.S

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

Bilingual, Underrepresented, Titless, Sallies. We are spoofing Latino stereotypes on TV!

100%

This project got the green light!

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