Premiere of my debut film and mingling with the press!

On Saturday, March 18th, 2017 Carl Weber and I hosted a Cast and Crew Screening event at the Alaska Experience Theater. During this event, we premiered our film In The Now (my debut as a writer and producer on a narrative short film and directed by Carl Weber) as well as these other short films by talented Alaskan film directors: Peaks and Valley teaser directed by Michael Burns; Fringe directed by Mackenzie Banbury; Scare directed by Matt Jardin; Love Machine directed by Tom Trainor; Coming HomeZero Tolerance, and Play For Me pitch directed by Carl Weber; Celestial Terrestial directed by Kitty Mahoney; Dive Back directed by Joshua Branstetter; and Conspiracy Pie teaser directed by Levi Taylor (who will be joining me at this year’s 17th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival held in L.A. for two of his projects – Conspiracy Pie and The Midnight Son screenplay – both of which have made the festival official selection list).

Laura Hoosier (Script Supervisor/Makeup/Set Design/Everything lady) and I at our film premiere of In The Now.

The evening was a major success as local filmmakers consisting of actors, directors, producers, and friends of films gathered together to celebrate our achievements in filmmaking. I am so grateful that our event even made the Anchorage Press – check out this article written by Matt Hickman who graciously attended our event.

Special Gifts for our Special Guests!

We are truly blessed in Alaska to have such a wonderful filmmaking community of people who are passionate about creating beautiful art and who are extremely talented as well.

However, it is time for the next step. It is time to build a full-fledged film industry. I am so blessed to be a part of this wave when I feel I can truly make a difference in this film community.

Filming is my passion, and I intend to do whatever it takes to grow the local film industry into one that can support many more artists making beautiful films full-time.

With Love,
Jessie

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My screenplay made the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2017 Screenplay Official Selection List!

I am so honored and delighted when I heard the news that my screenplay “In The Now” made the Screenplay Official Selection list at the 17th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival this year, to be held in LA. Of course, I will be going!!!

I am also happy to announce that the actual film is 99% complete, and as soon as it is ready, we will submit it without delay to many film festivals around the world.

 

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A sold out performance of The Vagina Monologues

I was so proud to be part of the Sold Out performance of The Vagina Monologues, directed by Colby Bleicher, held at the Bear Tooth last week. So many people came out to see the play – it was truly an energized and entertaining evening.

Here is a photo of the whole cast that we took at our performance at the Hilton Anchorage. I am truly honored to stand among these talented ladies in the performance of this important piece of literature. 

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Celebrating Sisterhood

Today was a significant day.

Millions of women and men around the world came together to participate in our democracy, to let our leaders know the issues that are important to us. In Alaska, we had a blizzard, and yet thousands of women and men (and furbabies) still came together to participate in the Great Women’s March. I was very sad that I couldn’t participate in person due to a few things my husband and I had to work on, and when we got done, it was almost impossible to drive anywhere due to the huge piled up snow and the persistent blizzard. However, what I saw from the videos and the photos that poured out on social media were truly inspirational. There is so much passion among my fellow sisters, and the men who support us, that I am once again hopeful about the future.

There is a lot of work still to do, and one of the biggest things that we must focus on going forward is to inspire more women to be confident individuals. I believe that one of the biggest challenges facing women in our society is that many women don’t appreciate themselves. Many women are workers, mothers, caretakers, cooks, and many other roles all rolled into one, and have gotten so used to setting such high expectations for themselves that they not only under-appreciate themselves, but also subsequently under-appreciate other women. What this creates is a vicious cycle that decreases opportunities for all women, because it perpetuates less respect and value for women’s labor in our economy, which contributes to issues like pay inequality. Women must recognize this, and recognize their own biases in terms of setting expectations for themselves and other women. It is only until we see this that we can start work on improving ourselves and stop perpetuating this vicious cycle. Additionally, women in leadership positions must work extra hard to nurture and encourage other women to succeed and achieve their full potential, whether if that is in the workplace or at home or anywhere else.

Many women work so hard in our society and it is about time that we all properly recognize them for their contribution to our society.  As many amazing men and women, including one of my favorite and most respected film directors, Hayao Miyazaki, have said: When women succeed, we all succeed. Success breeds success, and when every member of our society actively participates to create a better society for all of us, together, we grow an ever-giving forest of fruitful trees.

On that note, I shall conclude by announcing that I am proud to be performing in the upcoming 2017 production of the award-winning play The Vagina Monologues directed by our very own, Alaskan, super-prolific female director Colby Bleicher.

We will have two performances:
1st performance – Saturday February 18th at 7pm at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel 
2nd performance – Thursday February 23rd at 8pm at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub

This production is proudly presented by STAR.

With Love,
Jessie

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