Jessica is a Mexican-American Actor & Writer//Director on a mission to normalize complex & authentic narratives about the Southwest Mexican-American community through film. Her upcoming short film Pozole is an official selection of Cinequest 2019, among others. ‘Pozole’ was awarded a $25K grant, along with a $250K (equivalent) marketing deal, and is the first narrative short film executive produced by the artful data-transfer company WeTransfer. Her style is both comedic and heart-wrenching, pulling from political and societal structures to create commentaries around the need for social change. Her first feature film Reforma delves into the colorful, complicated world of a young Latina woman in La Reforma (the Mexican projects) in the 1960-70's, and is currently in development.
Her acting work has been featured/shown in some of the top publications (NY Times) and film festivals in the country, including Indie Memphis, Tacoma, Bushwick and to sold out houses as part of the Girl's Shorts block at Outfest 2018.
She is an Alumni of LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Ensemble Workshop, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, The Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Film, and the Chicana Directors Initiative. She is also a participant in Women in Film’s inaugural INSIGHT program seeking to support women of color in Hollywood.