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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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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Bring in the Bell Rings for 2017!

Clocks don’t stop ticking away.
World won’t stop turning around.
Grow and love every day.
Let’s make every second count.

Goodbye to the past held so dear.
Goodbye to the yesterday that has been.
It is time to say Happy New Year!
O we are blessed to welcome 2017!

With Love, Jessie

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A Requiem for the Artists

They love us for our art;
But only our success do they see.
To them we shine like stars;
Because we make them believe.

But the years below the surface;
When we hung on for dear life;
When dreams ruthlessly shattered;
Everyday was a torturous fight.

Why do we hold on?
Why do we not give up?
Why do we not listen to Dad and Mom?
Why do we not grow up?

Because we must piece together the shattered vase…
Because our dreams must not die…
Therefore our pride, we throw away…
Because we refuse to be dead inside…

– For all the Artists out there fighting for their dreams everyday

This poem was inspired by “La La Land” directed by Damien Chazelle. What a beautiful film, and something that all actors, and artists could relate to. I wish to continue to have the courage to be in my chosen field of work, no matter how hard it gets.

With Love, Jessie

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