Jessica Scott is an Emmy-nominated producer, multi-award-winning independent filmmaker and college professor who was born and raised on the East Coast. She now calls Chicago home, where she has lived for the past 16 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 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 15 film festivals and was awarded Honorable Mention by the Detroit Black Film Festival, Best Documentary Short (North America) by the International Black and Diversity Film Festival and won the Best Social Media award by the Golden Sneakers International Hip Hop Film Festival.
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, Black History Month Short Film Festival in Hoffman Estates, IL, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Real to Reel film festival in Chicago, IL and Golden Sneakers International Hip Hop Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany.
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 45,000 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.