Film Fatales
Jessica Scalise
Jessica scalise

Jessica Scalise grew up in Oakland, CA, where she was obsessed with storytelling from an early age. In 2004 she graduated from Stanford University, where she studied creative writing and math. From 2004-2007, Jessica worked as an independent filmmaker and screenwriter. In 2007, she won the Jacob Javits Fellowship in the Arts, and attended film school at USC. In 2010, Jessica graduated from USC with her MFA in film production. In the interim, she wrote twelve feature screenplays and numerous short stories. Her writing has placed in contests including the Academy Awards' Nicholl Screenwriting Contest, Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest, the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. In 2009 she co-wrote a television pilot that won Best of Show at the New York Television Festival. In 2015 Jessica started her own filmmaking company in Portland, OR. Scalise Pictures crowd-funded its first feature film, ZILLA & ZOE, which was the opening night feature at the 2017 Portland Film Festival, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the 2017 Seattle Local Sightings Film Festival, and is currently working its way through festivals from the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country. Jessica is delighted to join Film Fatales, and hopes to contribute to the empowerment of women in film.