Jessica Petelle (she/her) is a Director and a Producer of film, television and digital content.
Her debut film, ALL GOOD, world premiered at Palm Springs International Short Fest. AGE OF DYSPHORIA, starring Laura Vandervoort and Gordon Pinsent, allowed Jessica to apply her unique skill set of working in action-drama television
to the short film medium. This summer, the film will be featured in the Canadian Reflections program on CBC Gem.
She has participated in the Women in the Director’s Chair Career Advancement Module in Toronto and is currently participating in the Alliance of Women Directors ‘Directing the Actors Lab. She is also one of ten emerging directors in the prestigious 2020/21 HBOACCESS Directing Fellowship.
As a digital content producer, she worked with Merman to produce the award-winning interactive digital film OUTAGE for IBM. Other clients include: Volkswagen, Comedy Central, GaiamTV.com, Fox, SyFy, BlackBoxTV, among others.
Over the past several years, she has felt the embrace of the vibrant filmmaking community in Canada, dedicating time and talent toward international co-production. She has served as a production consultant on FOX’s WAYWARD PINES and SYFY/SPACE Channel series BITTEN; as a Co-Producer for two seasons of THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES for Viacom, and as a Co-Executive Producer for the Netflix Original Series, V- WARS.
During the past year, Jessica served as an EP and 2nd Unit Director on the action thriller TRIGGER POINT, starring Barry Pepper, Colm Feore and Eve Harlow for Landmark Studio Group. And, she successfully produced and edited the first issue of the comic book, REBURN, by an all-female creative team led by Creator Alyson Shelton and Lead Artist, Elise McCall.
Jessica is a graduate of Indiana University with degrees in Theatre and Telecommunications. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America serving on the International Committee, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Alliance of Women Directors, and Women in Film and Television (LA and Toronto).
AGE OF DYSPHORIA is a short film that examines memory – the joy of it, the curse, and the unpredictability of what we find ourselves remembering the longest. It examines healing and the need for human connection.
FINLEY (Laura Vandervoort) is a woman adrift, her life smashed to pieces by a recent tragedy. But now she’s been sober for a handful of months and feels ready to make amends to the one person she hurt the most. Because of their traumatic history, her sponsor is vehemently opposed, but after talking with a sober friend, WES (Rainbow Sun Francks) she decides the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. As Fin approaches FRED (Gordon Pinsent) at the diner he frequents, she braces for his reaction when he sees her - but to her shock, Fred doesn’t react at all. In fact, he tells her to sit down. Beckons the waitress - orders her “the usual”. And Fin realizes that Fred, struggling with Alzheimer’s, believes Fin to be his wife, Stella. Unsure how to correct him, and relieved he doesn’t recognize her for who she is yet, Fin plays along - with consequences more devastating than Fin could ever have imagined.
Leila (Diana Gitelman) is white-knuckling it tonight. After spending the evening at a wedding reception fulfilling her duties as the Maid of Honor, she has returned to her hotel suite to hide away from temptation and maintain her near 6 months of sobriety. Fun-loving Josh (Avi Rothman) arrives at her door and provides a welcome distraction.