Jessie Barr
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Jessie Barr is a writer, director, and Sundance fellow with a background in independent film and theater. Her naturalistic approach to storytelling is intimate and deeply humanistic. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning feature debut, Sophie Jones premiered in competition at the 2020 Deauville Film Festival and screened in competition at Mar del Plata 2020 (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Jessie won Best Director at the 2022 Lost Weekend Film Festival (Alamo Drafthouse, Winchester). The film won Best Feature Film (NEXT Section) at the Americana Film Festival 2022 (Barcelona, Spain). Sophie Jones was released by Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2021. The film holds a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes and is streaming on Showtime. Jessie was a 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab fellow and the series she co-created went on to be developed with Warner Brothers Television and Tall Baby Productions. As a writer, director, and actor, her work has been lauded at film festivals around the world, including Tribeca and Berlinale. Jessie is a PEN America Writer’s Grant Recipient (2020), and Oregon Made Film Grant Recipient (2019). She’s been featured by Variety, the National Board of Review, and TalkHouse. She is also a speaker and teacher, offering coaching in acting and screenwriting, and writes about cinema and culture weekly via her substack, Give Me More. Jessie is currently attached to direct IRIS written by Academy-award nominee Zach Baylin.