Jess Waters

Jess Waters

Screenwriter, Story Analyst and Director

Los Angeles, California

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October 2014
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About Jess

Jess Waters is an award-winning screenwriter originally hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and currently residing in Los Angeles. As a queer Black non-binary writer, their narrative focus revolves around the re-imagining of history to create both grounded and fantastical explorations of Black and LGBTQ+ identity through a unique lens. Jess is a former Hillman Grad Mentee, currently a part of the Artistic Standard TV 2020-2021 Mentorship Program, and a winner of the Netflix x Ghetto Film School Content Creation Program. 




  • The Revenge of the Sycamore Tree

    The Revenge of the Sycamore Tree Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller Drama When Leya is forced to visit her eccentric aunt on a remote island, she begins to uncover the truth about a cluster of missing boys, and the lonely Sycamore Tree behind it all.

  • The Infinite Blue

    The Infinite Blue Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama After her mother poisons their only water source in a fit of paranoia, Cleo must trek through an indigenous reservation to reach a lake that her mother believes will save them.

  • Ozell's Gym

    Ozell's Gym Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama Sports Struggling academically and increasingly the target of bullies, fifteen year old Winnifred Braxton joins recovering alcoholic Ozell Lance’s gym, where she trains to take on fellow female boxers.



  • Table Read My Screenplay Genre Competition, Top 10 for "Fountain"

  • The Standalone Film Fest, Selection for "The Revenge of the Sycamore Tree"

  • George Lindsey Film Fest, Finalist for "The Harvest"

  • Shore Scripts TV Pilot Contest, Quarterfinalist "Fountain"

  • Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition, Quarterfinalist "Gleason's"

  • Page Turner Screenplays First 15, Quarterfinalist for "The Revenge of the Sycamore Tree"

  • Nevada City Film Festival, Winner for "A Lesson on Dying"

  • UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival Best Feature Screenplay for "The Tenth"

  • WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Finalist for Pilot "Ozell's Gym"

  • Glitter Oklahoma LGBTQ Film Festival Official Selection for Feature "The Tenth"

  • Austin Revolution Screenplay Competition Finalist for "Ozell's Gym"

  • Bolt by Barnstorm Fest Finalist for "Ozell's Gym"

  • Shore Scripts TV Pilot Quarter-Finalist for "Ozell's Gym"

  • IndieBoom! Festival Official Selection for Feature Screenplay "The Tenth"


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