Writer/Director/Producer Jessie Anthony is a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation, Beaver clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario Canada. Jessie is a graduate from the Indigenous Independent Filmmaking Program and the Motion Picture Arts degree program at Capilano University. Jessie is a 2017 Talent to watch (Formally Telefilm Micro-budget program) winner and is currently in post-production for her first feature film titled “Brother, I Cry ” a glimpse into modern reservation lifestyles as siblings Jon and Ava struggle through addictions and spiritual connection.
Jessie also produced “ Pookmis” a Story Hive funded short film and was an associate producer of O For A Thousand Tongues a BravoFact Short Film set in Haida Gwaii. She was the first Assistant Director on The Edge of the Knife, co-directed by Helen Haig-Brown and Haida Artist, Gwaai Edenshaw. Jessie was a finalist at the MPPIA 2017 short film award competition, where she received an honourable mention for her pitch presentation and short film The Last Cigarette. She directed the documentary Through My Needle, which follows a Mohawk woman designer and her family; exploring culture and clan through beading and design of indigenous regalia. Jessie worked on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (NBC Universal), River of Silence (Telefilm), Going For Broke (Telus/Red Castle Films), Man in the High Castle (Amazon) and La Quinceanera (Lucha Gore -Time Warner) and many more.
When Jessie isn’t on set you can find her at the Women in Film Vancouver office where she works as the Outreach Coordinator for the Tricksters and Writers Indigenous Women's Screenwriting program.