J.Scott Films

Jessica Scott is an Emmy-nominated producer and independent filmmaker who was born and raised on the East Coast. She now calls Chicago home, where she has lived for the past 15 years, and where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago and her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Northwestern University. Working as a video journalist inspired her to pursue filmmaking and now, she merges the two together to make journalistic-style documentaries.


Scott’s current film The Color of Skin (2019, 20 min)—a documentary that explores what it is like for African-Americans, who have been brutalized, harassed, mistreated, disrespected and discriminated against by white men has been selected to 10 film festivals and was nominated for Best Short Documentary by the National Black Film Festival in 2020.  

Her film Sneakers: It’s Complicated (2017, 9 min)—a film about sneakers and its impact on music, art, fashion and the connection between Chicago and Air Jordans. This film was influenced by Scott’s love for sneakers and her obsession with the Air Jordan V; speaking of which, took her 30 years to get. This film has been screened at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, NY and Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Real to Reel film festival in Chicago, IL. 

She directed and edited her first documentary, Snitches Get Stitches: The Code of the Streets (2015, 4 min)—a documentary that explores the unspoken code of the streets in the Black community. It has been viewed almost 40,000 times on YouTube.

Scott hopes to make documentaries that will provoke thought, create change in her community and encourage people to make a difference in other people’s lives. She believes that she can influence her community by telling truthful and compelling stories, which can lead to positive change and community outreach. She is eager to show the world her people from her community through her lens.



Film Festivals 


Snitches Get Stitches: The Code of The Streets (Short, 2015), Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Sneakers: It's Complicated (Short, 2017) Director/Cinematographer/Editor 

Not Funny Enough (Narrative, 2018) Director/Cinematographer/Writer/Editor

I Think I Can (Short, 2018) Director/Cinematographer/Editor 

How to Get Away with Kanye (Narrative, 2018) Director/Cinematographer/Writer/Editor 

The Color of Skin (Short, 2019) Director/Editor/Producer

Steppin' Through Time (Short, 2019) Director/Cinematographer/Editor

M.Wags: In Focus (Short/Verite, 2019) Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Alone in America (Short/Verite, 2019) Director/Cinematographer/Editor

Gentlemen Jack Reel to Real Film Festival, Official Selection, 2018


Black History Month Short Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019


Hip Hop Film Festival, Official Selection, 2018, 2019


(In)justice For All Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019


Gary International Film Festival, Official Selection, 2019


San Diego Black Film Festival, Official Selection, 2020


LA Black Film Festival, Official Selection, 2020


Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival, Official Selection, 2020


National Black Film Festival, Official Selection, & Finalist 2020


San Francisco Black Film Festival, Official Selection, 2020


Urban Film Festival, Official Selection, 2020




Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media | Northwestern University


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism | Columbia College Chicago 


Master of Health Science | Governors State University


Master of Social Work | Barry University


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | Hampton University