Jess Dunn is the writer, director, & editor of the 2019 Best Series at Harlem International Film Festival, Gray Ground. As a finalist in director mentor programs including Shondaland’s, she has shadowed both Félix Enríquez Alcalá and Rob Greenlea on CBS shows. In 2017 she directed season 1 of @datingZoe, which exclusively featured on the LGBTQ+ publication, GO-Magazine. The webseries went on to receive half a million views, and is currently represented by take3talent for season 2. Her short films have been featured at the New York Film Festival, SoHo House, and on Amazon. She hails from the Cinematographer’s Guild, where she witnessed the minds of Tina Fey and Spike Lee at work. Last year Jess received a grant to write in Paris. She is currently in development on her debut feature film and a TV pilot. Jess’ feature script received praise by Wescreenplay placing in the top 1% of original voices.
Jess ultimately left the Cinematographer’s Guild to focus on telling her own stories. Through her production company, NYLA Films, Jess creates original content for online platforms like NBC Today Show.
Perhaps Jess’ intro to storytelling was at age 8, when she would direct and live score family productions from behind the piano. Jess holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech. She sits on the 87th Street Park and Garden Committee, enjoys globe-trotting with her partner, playing the piano, and black & white film photography.