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Named one of “Ten Female Directors Breaking Stereotypes” by SheKnows, VANESSA PARISE draws from her ethnically-mixed background to bring a unique perspective to her work. Most recently, Parise was Co-Executive Producer/Director on the CBS hit series Charmed. Other episodes include multiples of the Netflix series Firefly Lane (Katherine Heigl), Chicago Med, Marvel’s Runaways, The Resident, and Tim Kring’s Beyond, receiving a Leo Nomination for Best Direction (2018).
Parise directed the high-profile Simone Biles biopic, for which she was Nominated for Best Television Movie & Best Lead Actress by the NAACP Awards (2019) and Won a Leo Award for Best Direction (2019). She also directed the highly successful, award-winning film Perfect High (Bella Thorne).
Parise turned down Harvard Medical School to jump into Hollywood as writer/director/producer/star of the MGM feature Kiss The Bride (with Alyssa Milano). Parise followed this as writer/director/producer/star of the indie feature Jack and Jill vs the World (Taryn Manning). Parise’s work has likewise won TOP AWARDS at the Hamptons Film Festival (Best Feature), Cinequest (Best Feature), Montecarlo (Best Feature, Actress, Score), SXSW, Rome, Torino, New England, Rhode Island, Sarasota, and Newport.
Parise is a graduate of Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude -- Neurobiology), Circle in the Square Theater School, and Second City.
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