Named one of “Ten Female Directors Breaking Stereotypes” by SheKnows, VANESSA PARISE draws from her Italian-Columbian-Jewish background to bring a unique perspective to her work. Most recently, Parise directed Tim Kring’s supernatural series Beyond. She also directed the hugely successful Simone Biles biopic.
Parise turned down Harvard Med to jump into the biz as director/producer/writer on indie feature Kiss The Bride (Alyssa Milano, Parise). She followed this with indie feature Jack and Jill vs the World (Taryn Manning, Parise). Other directing credits include multiples of Just Add Magic for Amazon and multiples of MC2 for Netflix. Parise directed the edgy, critically-acclaimed Perfect High (Bella Thorne), thrillers #Popfan (Chelsea Kane) and Status Unknown, and the comedic Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story.
Parise was selected for the first year of Fox’s Global Diversity Initiative. She received Leo Nominations for Perfect High & #Popfan. She was honored by Lifetime with their Broad Focus Top 5 Original Movies. Parise’s films have won top prizes at SxSW (BEST SHORT), Hamptons Film Festival (BEST FEATURE), Cinequest (BEST FEATURE), Montecarlo (BEST FEATURE, ACTRESS, SCORE), New England (BEST SHORT), Rhode Island (BEST FEATURE), Sarasota (BEST FEATURE), Newport (BEST SHORT), Rome (BEST FEATURE), and Torino (BEST FEATURE). Parise is a graduate of Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude), Circle in the Square, & Second City Improv. She’s a dual citizen of the U.S & Canada.www.vanessaparise.net