Jessica M. Thompson
Jessica M. Thompson is an Emmy-nominated Australian writer, director, producer and editor who currently resides in Los Angeles. Thompson made her feature writing and directorial debut with "The Light of the Moon", which had its world premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in March 2017, where it won the coveted Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film. "The Light of the Moon", starring Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Short Term 12), Michael Stahl-David (Narcos, Cloverfield) and Conrad Ricamora (How to Get Away With Murder), had a limited theatrical release in November-December 2017 and enjoyed sold-out screens in both New York and Los Angeles and currently heralds a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score.
Andrew Barker from Variety called the film "harrowingly effective" and "sensitive without ever being sanctimonious, brutally frank without ever lapsing into exploitation"; Leslie Felperin from The Hollywood Reporter stated that "Thompson clearly has a knack with actors, coaxing sharp, believable performances from all involved", and Joey Magidson from Hollywood News said it is “the timeliest movie of the year.”
Thompson then went on to apprentice direct on the second season of Hulu’s hit series, “The Handmaid’s Tale”. She observed and collaborated with the directors, producers, and showrunner, Bruce Miller, throughout the prep, production, and post-production of two episodes of the show, filmed on location in Toronto, Canada.
Thompson studied writing and acting at three major drama academies while growing up in Australia before studying film at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2010, Thompson founded Stedfast Productions, a collective of visual storytellers. She edited Cheryl Furjanic's award-winning documentary, "Back on Board: Greg Louganis", which premiered on HBO in August 2015. Thompson has also worked as an editor and production manager with Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, Liz Garbus, Edet Belzberg, and Sandy McLeod, and has written and directed several award-winning, festival-favorite short films, including “Hike”, “Percepio”, and “Across the Pond”.