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Jessie Barr

Writer / Director / Sundance Fellow

Jessie Barr is a writer-director and Sundance fellow with a background in acting, independent film, and theater. Jessie’s critically acclaimed, award-winning feature debut, “Sophie Jones” premiered in competition at the 2020 Deauville Film Festival and was released by Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2021. The film holds a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes and is streaming on Showtime.

Variety hailed the film as a “fully realized portrait of grief that’s universal in its texture.” “Superb,” says Roger Ebert. The Playlist called it, “Coming-of-age at its best. A quiet, brilliant film.”

In addition, Jessie is a 2024 Half Initiative directing fellow (Ryan Murphy’s program) and has shadowed numerous TV directors including Chad Lowe, Leslye Headland, Stuart McDonald, and her first mentor, the late Lynn Shelton.