ABOUT

                                                  

         

JESS THOMAS - Writer/Director/Producer

Jess studied Theater/Film at San Francisco State University. In his early filmmaking career he Wrote/Directed: Documentaries; Grapevine, California's Napa Valley Uncorked. Short films; Probe 1, For The Money, James Bland - You Only Live Until You Die.

Jess also has worked as an Actor occationally and had a small role as a detective in L. A. Confidential. Additionally, he has written 7 screenplays and worked in the world of broadcast engineering for numerous entities including ABC, FOX, and USA Networks.

In 2000 on the forefront of the newly available digital video he wrote, directed and edited a micro-budget digital feature length B-Movie entitled “CHECKING THE GATE” which was picked up for distribution by Echelon Entertainment and has sold in the US, UK, Italy, China, Thailand, and more. Shortly after Jess Had a change of heart and decided he could no longer do films that contained sex and violence.

In 2007 he co-wrote, directed and edited the short film "FOREVER" which premiered at "DANCES WITH FILMS FILM FESTIVAL".

“THE SEEKER” A human-interest storty, was his first Feature length documentary. It won BEST AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY at THE ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as well as several other awards. It was picked up by Passion River Films and is available at Netflix, Blockbuster online, Amazon, Barns & Noble and many more. 

His second feature documentary "BEIJING GIRL: MADE IN CHINA" was an OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL and was picked up for exclusive distribution by Chip Taylor Communications. 

2010s “Jed” is his third documentary. In 2014 Screenwriter Peter Doyle and he completed a  dramatic feature screenplay based on it and are taking meetings with all interested parties.

His last project in 2017, co-produced with his lovely and talented wife Anayancy Thomas, was a faith-based film entitled "Love Always".

Anayancy and I also have a faith-based feature film in development that they're very excited about, "God & Salsa".  which is a story about a grief-stricken therapist who is determined to help a suicidal teen regaining her faith in the process, with the help of her salsa instructor.

 

ANAYANCY THOMAS - Writer/Producer

Anayancy went to Watterson College, a Vocational School, in Pasadena, California.

She has worked in the health care field since 2001 at various Los Angeles based organizations and currently works as a Contract Administrator.

In 2007 She was certified as a domestic violence support group facilitator working with battered women.

In 2010 She was trained as Family-to-Family support group facilitator.

In 2011, Anayancy joined a mission trip to Mexico with Bel Air Presbyterian Church where she helped build a home for a family in need and served as a translator.  Bel Air Presbyterian Church inspired her to her serve in other areas such as the Hospitality team, the connection booth, serving Thanksgiving Dinner to underprivileged communities. She enjoys volunteering often at various church functions; and other organizations.

Anayancy met her husband Jess Thomas in a church function in 2012 and they got married in 2016. Both currently Attend Saddleback ChurchLA Campus.

She started taking dance lessons on and off since 2001, however, it was not until 2005 during a very challenging period in her life that she attended dance classes regularly.  With the help of her talented dance instructors Enio Cordova and Terryl Jones, Anayancy learned more than dance steps, she rediscovered herself, gained confidence and used dancing as a tool to cope with her life struggles. She has participated in several Dance Showcases since 2007; in 2014 she joined a Dance Team coached by Enio and Terryl, the team won first place at the Aloha Ball in Kona, HI.  Salsa dancing continues to be her favorite hobby, exercise and stress reliever.

From 2014-2016 Anayancy co-wrote her first feature film script with her husband entitled "God & Salsa" her goal is to plant the seed of hope and faith in every heart of children and parents that are struggling with the pain caused by the breakup of their family unit.

In 2017 she co-produced the film “Love Always” which was nominated for five Awards at the 168 Film Festival.  She is currently in development on the feature film “God & Salsa”.