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Jessica's first feature film, Raise Your Hand, is an inner-city high school drama set in the 90s, where two young women fight to find their voice in the face of tragedy. The film has been featured in the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), the Social Justice Now Film Festival (SJNFF), La Femme International Film Festival, The Seattle Latino Film Festival, and the Studio City International Film & TV Festival, where Raise Your Hand won Best Director, Best Actress, and The Social Justice Award.
Jessica grew up mixed-race in a minority, working-class neighborhood in Minneapolis. Expression through storytelling has always been Jessica's preferred form of communication, whether it was directing neighborhood shows on her front lawn as a kid or directing self-written main stage productions in college because it created a necessary conversation. As a filmmaker, Jessica loves to bring fresh voices to both her comedic and dramatic works that are as diverse and diversely talented as the global impact of narrative film and television themselves.