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 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.
Get Free Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama Four siblings search for clarity after their mother informs them that she is terminally ill and plans to die the following day with the help of her wife.
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 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.
A Lesson on Dying Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama In order to face her dying mother, Pearl must learn to embrace the much needed lessons from her father, before it's too late.
Build Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama ⋄ Romance Theo is a reclusive writer who goes to her father's cabin to get away from her jaded life, but Rosa shows up, and Theo doesn't quite know what to do with a woman carrying a shotgun.
$2 Film Festival Semi-Finalist for Feature Screenplay "The Tenth"
$2 Film Festival Semi-Finalist for Pilot "Ozell's Gym"
$2 Film Festival Semi-Finalist for Short Screenplay "Build"
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"
College of Wooster