Jessica Kelley is an award-winning documentary Director & Producer, a foster care parent, mother of two, dog owner, & fierce defender of the Oxford comma.

Raised on the banks of the Ohio River, this Midwest Liz Lemon began her 14 years of filmmaking experience in her hometown but soon traveled across the world to Beijing, China where she studied for her Master's degree in International Media.

From there, she yearned for bagels and Billy Joel so she became a New Yorker where she became a 2x Emmy-nominated director developing over 50 short films and 4 digital series for Newsday.

In 2019 she was one of the first video producers in the United States chosen for the Facebook Video Accelerator Program and was awarded a Peabody for her work on the film Long Island Divided.

If you can’t find her on set, check the beach, she’s most likely there snacking on salt & vinegar chips.



continents traveled


regional spelling bee championships


states called home


listened to 

 the search for everything album



to create cross-platform content that tells female-forward stories bringing to life different perspectives which spur new conversations, ultimately bringing women together - both onscreen and off



as a woman who has held leadership & management positions in the corporate world, I recognize the importance of (especially marginalized) employees having an advocate present to support them, to avoid surprises of coercion & pressure often found in the power dynamics inside an office (or on a set)

emotional intelligence & empathy are the backbone of impactful storytelling

be committed to making purpose-driven decisions that can be seen in action at every level of enterprise

non-violent communicationconflict resolution, sensitivity toward others, & a sense of humor on set are non-negotiable

always submit a creative brief with detailed clarity, communication, & strategy which destroys any opportunity for future misunderstandings & creates efficiency and accountability in future stages 

promise chocolate but then bring chocolate & a bottle of wine




in the next year - build upon community to include and empower more BIPOC creatives in future projects

add at least 10 scripted productions -preferably comedy or drama - to the portfolio in the next 5 years

over the next decade - build that direct audience who follow and love the content; be able to promise companies that i'm going to bring the loyal audience and help drive them to their platform

...also hoping to afford a nugget ice maker one day



setting visual styles & tone then maintaining that format in accordance to network needs

leading with decisive,
forward-thinking strategy for multipile story producers & editors on multiple episodes, characters & storylines

establishing the production & post schedule then providing constructive & motivating notes to department heads


dream projects

intimate documentary that examines mental illness in the world's most inventive comedians

"Love, Gilda"
"Katy Perry: Part of Me"
"Cracked Up: The Darrell Hammond Story"

a film that explores the complexities of the lawful and genetic rights of motherhood inside the foster care system

"Little Fires Everywhere"
"The Light Between Oceans"

a deeply personal look at a musician's creative process on the road, on stage, & at home as they write, record, & attempt to control their image


"The World's a Little Blurry"

"The Long Pond Studio Sessions"
"Five Foot Two"

an improv travel show that attempts to tackle uncomfortable topics between cultures while providing abbreviated history lessons for context

"Conan Without Borders"
"Down to Earth with Zac Efron"
"Somebody Feed Phil"

anything to do with animals, particularly rescued wildlife

"Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures"
“Gardeners of Eden”
"The Biggest Little Farm"

a cinematic docuseries that brings you the most dramatic natural history stories from a fresh female perspective

"History of Swear Words"
"30 for 30"
"The Crown"


dream partnerships

hello sunshine

jigsaw productions

30 for 30

paper kite productions




umm...did we just become best friends?

If you love quoting Seinfeld, riding roller coasters, or performing a 90s pop concert in the car...we're gonna get along just fine.

*Bonus points if you can help her find her phone
(she's always losing it)


Long Island, NY

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