Jessica spent her early and formative years in Minneapolis. The daughter of a published English professor/poet and fine art photographer, she was introduced to film in childhood when she saw many of the great American films of the 1970s. Jessica carried her love of movies to Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned a B.A. in 1991. After enrolling in NYU’s “Sight and Sound” workshop, Jessica threw herself into the down-and-dirty independent film scene and worked variously as a production coordinator, production auditor, grant writer and script reader as well as at numerous odd jobs that paid the bills.
In the mid-1990s, Jessica met Iranian film director, Amir Naderi, who asked her to collaborate on a script to be set in the East Village neighborhood where they both lived; A, B, C… MANHATTAN premiered in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. The film subsequently screened in the American Spectrum section of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. From there, Jessica went on to co-write and co-produce another feature, GOING UNDER, a dark drama starring acclaimed theater and film actor Roger Rees. The film went to numerous festivals, including the Sao Paulo International and Cinequest, and was awarded Best of the Fest at the Northampton Film Festival. GOING UNDER had a brief theatrical release before being distributed by Blue Underground on DVD. During these years, Jessica also wrote and directed two short films, one of which, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, features a leading-role performance by Edward Norton.
Having recently moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn with her husband and two children, Jessica is focused on living life to the fullest and bringing her latest writing projects to the screen. In addition to garnering numerous screenplay awards (Awards section), Jessica has advanced to the Sundance Institute’s finalist round with four different serial projects in both the Episodic and New Voices categories. Her most recent film project, THE DRUMMER, stars Danny Glover and focuses on the devastating effects of war on returning veterans. The feature film recently wrapped principal photography in NYC and it expected to be completed in 2019. Jessica is also happily employed with watching her children grow, which never ceases to amaze her.