Jenée LaMarque is a latinx filmmaker who grew up in Claremont, California and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis in poetry. Jenée also recieved her M.F.A in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute. Her screenplay for The Pretty One
was part of the 2011 Black List and her first short film, Spoonful
(her directorial debut) played at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. LaMarque’s first feature, The Pretty One,
starring Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson and Frankie Shaw, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and sold to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions. It won Best Narrative Feature and Jenée won Best Director at the Savannah Film Festival.
Her second feature The Feels
, starring Constance Wu, Angela Trimbur, and Ever Mainard, premiered at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival and was sold to Gravitas Ventures. The Feels
won Best US Narrative Feature at Newfest and actress Ever Mainard won Best Actress awards at Outfest, Long Beach Q, and Out at the Movies.
Most recently, Jenée has been directing for television. Her television directing work includes: an episode of Sorry For Your Loss
for Facebook Watch, an episode of the reboot of Party of Five
for Freeform, four episodes of Starz' Vida
, and co-writing and directing three episodes of the HBO series Room 104
. Jenée is currently adapting the feature version of Charlie Jane Anders’ Hugo Award winning short story Six Months, Three Days
for Big Beach. She will direct the film in early 2020. Jenée is represented by Carolyn Sivitz and Tim Phillips at United Talent Agency and Emily Rose at Mosaic for television and film and by Altered.LA for advertising. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, composer, Julian Wass, and their two daughters, Frankie and Luna. 1. Does poetry influence your work as a Director?
Yes, I think it does. Poetry is creating meaning through creating images with words and directing is essentially the same thing in that you are creating meaning through an accumulation of images. In both, you have to have a sense of how the images will coalesce and create a larger meaning. 2. How do you prepare for new projects?
I prepare by knowing the story inside and out, and looking for connections that may not be immediately obvious on the page. I write down ideas as they come and do a lot of daydreaming. That then leads to planning, shot listing, and having lots of creative conversations with my collaborators. My favorite part of collaborating is building ideas together with my colleagues. 3. What are you currently working on?
I just finished directing three episodes for season 3 of the Starz series, Vida
. And I am currently doing a re-write of a film that I will direct for Big Beach in 2020, it's an adaptation of Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo Award winning short story, "Six Months, Three Days." It's a really funny, sweet, strange and mystical romantic comedy about two psychics that fall in love. 4. Which brand you would like to work with and why?
I would love to work with any brand that has a commitment to non profit work that positively impacts local communities or the world at large (like Everlane, Toms, Warby Parker, and Honest Co). 5. What suggestions would you give to a young director who’s just starting out?
I started out by making a short film (Spoonful
, that premiered at Sundance in 2012) that was a story that I felt only I could tell, it was something that would set me apart from others because of the authenticity of the content. I did that by taking a very strange story from my own life and creating a richer and more emotionally volatile version of it with fictional characters. 6. What does the future hold in store for Jenée LaMarque?
Beyond directing my film in 2020, I’m sure we'll start directing commercials with Altered.LA and pilots along with more episodic TV work. It's going to be so fun!
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