Talent Guide

Jessiline Berry

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Screenwriting Lab 2011

Bio

Jessiline Berry is an accomplished young filmmaker, performer, and Founder of FemmeMaker Productions, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women in film, both in front of and behind the camera. FemmeMaker is a concept-to-completion production company whose goal is to give voices to the voiceless through its work with non-profit organizations, small businesses, filmmakers, performing artists, and other media artists. Most recently, FemmeMaker has collaborated with the non-profit organization Bridges to Haiti (BTH) to produce a series of documentary shorts and a feature documentary that chronicles the BTH medical and economic relief efforts in Haiti.

Berry has worked as Producer, Writer, Director, and Editor on several projects ranging in content from experimental and narrative short films to documentary and entertainment television. As a University of Texas graduate, she received a BS in Radio, Television, and Film (1999) and a BA in Theatre and Dance (2000). In 2007, she earned her MFA from Columbia University, School of the Arts, concentrating in Directing. While at Columbia, she founded Columbia Women in Film, a completely student-run organization that works to celebrate and promote the contribution of women in cinema. In 2011, Berry participated in the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing Program as a Cosby Writing Program Fellow. She is currently developing feature film scripts and preparing for production of her original television pilot, Sunshine, sponsored in part by a generous grant from the National Black Programming Consortium.

Current Project

Esquinado (Cornered)

Logline

Twenty-five year-old ISRAELI¬Ě MONTENEGRO begins boxing in an attempt to win the respect of his father, a former boxing heavyweight. Issy is nearly TKO'd when he discovers that his brother and father share more than a history of boxing championships, rather a dark and twisted secret that, when brought to light, changes the Montenegro family forever.