Jessica Sanders is an Academy Award-nominated, Sundance and Cannes winning filmmaker and commercial director. Steve Jobs hand picked Jessica to direct Apple's iPad launch spot. Her Sony “Make Believe” film won the prestigious Young Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Jessica has directed and produced her latest narrative short film “End of the Line” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The visual effects heavy short film is based on a short story by acclaimed writer Aimee Bender about a lonely man who goes to the pet store and buys a tiny man in a cage, exploring themes of power and its abuse. Staring Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory) and Brett Gelman (Stranger Things), for Refinery29 and TNT's Anthology Shatterbox film series. The film won the Jury's Choice Award at London's Discover Film Festival.
Jessica directed, produced and wrote AFTER INNOCENCE, a feature documentary film about innocent men wrongfully convicted of crimes, cleared by DNA evidence and their struggle to reenter society after spending decades in prison. The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize.
Jessica is currently directing “Picking Cotton” a feature film based on the New York Times best-selling book by Jennifer Thompson, Ronald Cotton and Erin Torneo. She was awarded the Sloan Science Foundation Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Discovery Award at Los Cabos Film Festival to develop the film. The movie is based on a story in her Sundance-winning film “After Innocence” about the vicious rape of Jennifer Thompson, a white college student by a black man, who she identified as Ronald Cotton. Ronald spent 11 years in prison before he was declared innocent after DNA testing and released from prison. The inspiring story is about forgiveness as Jennifer and Ronald forge a deep friendship and together are activists for criminal justice reform.