Jess's passion is to tell female-driven stories through her unique lens. Born in Indiana, her work often explores rural American culture and the impact it has on young women and their relationships.
Jess Berry is a writer, director, producer, and actor. Her most recent credits include producing CHANGING THE GAME, a Hulu Original feature documentary, championing transgender high-school athletes who battle individual state legislature and discrimination. The film won multiple awards, including the OUTFEST Audience Award, and reached the coveted "100% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes. She also recently completed YOU ARE NOT A FEMINIST, a short film she wrote, directed, and starred – playing opposite of her non-actor mom, in this two-hander about breaking up with your mother. Her acting credits include TIFF premiering, A Family Man (Zero Gravity), 9-1-1 (FOX), Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), and For the People (ABC). Jess began her acting career on the Chicago theater stage, working with the prestigious Goodman Theatre and intimate storefront companies. She is a proud member of WOMEN IN FILM and is a select participant in the 2020 Mentorship Program. Her current pilot project, LITTLE JESS, is short-listed for the 2021 Sundance Episodic Writing Lab. Jess is the Vice President of Development at SuperFilms!, an award-winning Los Angeles-based production company, focused on social justice stories. Originally from the Midwest, Jess received her BFA at Miami University, Ohio.
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    DAUGHTERS
    Short
    LITTLE JESS
    Television Script
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    DAUGHTERS
    Short
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    DAUGHTERS
    Short
  • Director (1 Credit)
    DAUGHTERS
    Short
Shortlisted - Awaiting Final Decision
LITTLE JESS
Sundance 2021 Writer's Lab – Shortlisted
Park City, Utah
2021
College
Miami of Ohio
BFA, Graphic Design
High School
Greencastle High School
Birth Date
November 6
Current City
Los Angeles, CA
Hometown
Greencastle, IN
Gender
Female
Zodiac Sign
Scorpio
At ten years old, Jess won the Grand Champion Honor for her photography at the Putnam County 4H Fair. She went on to place in the Blue (First Place) Division at the Indiana State Fair.
“If you want to reach every person in the audience, it's not about being bigger, it's about going deeper.” Sanford Meisner
Jess's passion is to tell female-driven stories through her unique lens. Born in Indiana, her work often explores rural American culture and the impact it has on young women and their relationships.
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