With the aid of a grant, Jess spent 2018 writing her debut feature film in Paris, France. In 2017, Jess directed the first season of the LGBTQ webseries, @datingZoe. Under GO-TV, the series received half a million views. Jess was asked to return to direct season 2. After seeing Jess’ arthouse film, FUNERAL on Amazon, Blue Blood’s actor, Anthony T. Solano approached Jess to create a series for him to star. This led to Gray Ground — which Jess wrote, directed, and edited 8 episodes. Her debut short film screened at the New York Film Festival in 2014. In between, Jess’ work screened at the SoHo House and international festivals.
Jess is constantly exploring new ways to tell stories. NYLA Films was founded In 2016 to house Jess’ creative work and parlay her filmmaking experience to branded and non-fiction content. NYLA Films collaborates exclusively with mindful entities and hires diversity first.
Camera was and will remain Jess’ first love. Previously working in the Cinematographer’s Guild in NYC, she was able to directly observe creators like Spike Lee and Tina Fey. Jess also has a hand in post-production, editing for NBC. Her work for NBC garnered millions of views.
While on set, Jess is constantly building and rebuilding a cut in her head. As a piano player and avid music fan, song plays a significant role in Jess’ creations. Her visuals are crafted with a very specific camera language; oners and intricate, revealing frames are key components in her stories. Perhaps Jess’ introduction to storytelling was at age 8 when she organised performances at family functions — live scoring and directing from behind the piano.
Jess calls New York home, where she sits on the 87th Street Park and Garden Committee. She enjoys globe-trotting with her partner, staying active, playing the piano, and black and white film photography. Jess is currently pre-production on a new series, pitching her feature script and two more pilots.