Jenessa Joffe
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Jenessa Joffe is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, and producer who is passionate about creating social change through comedy. Jenessa earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. Jenessa directed the award-winning web series, Radical Cram School, for comedian Kristina Wong. The series, which explores Asian American identity and activism for kids, went viral, got attacked by far-right hate groups, was distributed by women’s comedy platform, WhoHaHa, and led to a book deal. Other of her comedy shorts such as Kristina Wong's How Not To Pick Up Asian Chicks, The Whizz! The All-New, All-White Version of The Wiz!, and Intercourse With A Vampire have been distributed by Comedy Central, Fusion Comedy, and racked up millions of views online. Jenessa’s short films, Over The Moon, The Legend of Shizuko Nishimura, Shank, and American Obon, have played at film festivals and been distributed worldwide by Shorts International. Over The Moon appears in the feature anthology, The Edge of Her Mind, a collection of short films about women and mental health. Jenessa has produced and directed video content for clients such as Sony Pictures, HarperAudio, Avantus Solar Energy, Toyota, Amanda Palmer, SoCalGas, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the City of Los Angeles. She served as the Head of Video Production to the Mayor of Los Angeles. Jenessa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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