JESS THOMAS - Writer/Director/Producer
Jess studied Theater/Film at San Francisco State University.
Upon moving to Los Angeles he occasionally worked as an actor, stand-in and precision driver 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-Action-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.
Jess decided to focus on more up-lifting, inspired films.
“THE SEEKER” a human-interest story, was his first Feature length documentary. It won BEST AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY at THE ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. It was picked up by Passion River Films and is available at Netflix, Blockbuster online, Amazon, Barns & Noble and many more.
In 2007 he co-wrote, directed and edited the short film "FOREVER" which premiered at "DANCES WITH FILMS FILM FESTIVAL".
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 based on the life of his father, Opera singer Jess Thomas senior.
In 2013 Jess worked as a production manager on USC funded film The Sweetest Part.
In 2015 Screenwriter Peter Doyle and he completed a dramatic feature screenplay based on Jess' Doc JED, entitled “I Am Siegfried” and are taking meetings with all interested parties.
In 2017 Jess and Anayancy Thomas entered The 168 Film competition and were nominated for 5 awards for their film “Love Always”. Love Always is an official selection of the 2018 International Christian Film Festival and is nominated for Most Inspirational Short.
Jess And Anayancy’s most current feature film project is "God & Salsa" which is Faith-Based feature film currently in development.