Jessica Sherry
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Jessica has been working in the documentary industry for over ten years with networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, Sundance Channel and MSNBC and she has shot films in many remote corners of the world. Lead filmmaker at Alita Films, based in Portland, OR, she strives to tell stories that promote respect, empathy, and understanding of cultures worldwide. People are fascinating, fascinatingly similar in their struggles, amazingly complicated in their beliefs, and documenting their stories keep us fascinated in our own. For the Discovery Channel four-hour special, King Tut Unwrapped, Jessica helped craft the story of the first DNA testing of the King Tut royal mummy family. For PBS Nature’s What Females Want, What Males Will Do, Jessica worked with a team in Ethiopia to tell the story of baboon love and its message about evolution. Jessica made her feature directorial debut with Waiting for John, a documentary about America’s extraordinary impact on a remote South Pacific island and the last surviving Cargo Cult, which premiered at Hawaii International Film Festival and aired in PBS's Pacific Heartbeat series. Jessica also produces short-form, documentary driven content for many online platform. Throughout her career, she’s interviewed DNA scientists, DEA agents and piano playing cats, hoping to glimpse into new worlds. Jessica graduated from Northwestern University with a Radio/Television/Film degree concentrating in production and creative writing.

  • Waiting for John (Teaser)