Jess Waters

Jess Waters

Screenwriter and Story Analyst

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.

  • Get Free

    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

    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.

  • A Lesson on Dying

    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

    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"


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