Jess King is an educator, scholar, and award-winning interdisciplinary filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced two feature films, numerous shorts, and over a dozen independent television series. Their most recent work is F*ck Yes, a modern sex ed series focused on improving communication (and sex) between consenting adults. Episodes spanning two seasons of the highly-lauded series can be found on OTV, a Chicago-based platform for independent, intersectional television.
As an instructor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts, Jess teaches courses in screenwriting, independent television, and film analysis. Their current creative scholarship revolves around frameworks for reimagining screenwriting for radical equality and social justice, as evidenced by original course offerings like “Queer(ing) Narratives” and “The Female Gaze.”
Jess holds a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on media, ethical pedagogy, and critical theory, from DePaul University, as well as B.A. in English from Augustana College. In addition to teaching screenwriting, King speaks around the country on topics related to social media, crowdfunding, and running safe, inclusive film sets.
Screenwriting, Cinema Production
Specific Research Area
Queer, feminist, anti-racist screenwriting, film-making and world-building. Ethical screenwriting pedagogy.