"[Jessica Siqueiros'] lively choices in production design, comedic tone, and lyrical soundtrack function to repel the stereotypical dreary-look of movies about Latinos facing hardships. By placing Chicano characters in highly aesthetic spaces with vibrant colors, she is reclaiming a vision of storytelling often only associated with white creators like Wes Anderson." - Carlos Aguilar

Photo credit: Shayan Asgharnia

Photo credit: Shayan Asgharnia

 

Jessica Mendez Siqueiros is a Mexican-American writer/director & actress seeking to normalize complex & authentic narratives about the Southwest Mexican-American community through film.  Her filmmaking style is highly cinematic and composed, described by Remezcla as "reclaiming a vision of storytelling often only associated with white creators".

Her debut short film Pozole is an official selection of SIFF, LALIFF, Indy Shorts, and over 30 film festivals to date. The film took home the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film (Comedy) at Cinequest, qualifying for the 2020 Academy Awards. Selected as a director mentee in the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, she is currently directing her next short film under the guidance of Lena Waithe. Her first feature film Reforma delves into the colorful, complicated world of a young Latina woman in La Reforma (the Tucson, AZ projects) in the 1960's. Reforma is currently in development & seeking funding with the support of NALIP's Latino Media Market.

Jessica also has a thriving acting career. She has lead films that have been selected for some of the top film festivals in the world, including BFI London, New Orleans, Nashville, Encounters, Athens Int’l Film + Video Festival, and Outfest.

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.