Jess Jacobs is an actress, producer and activist known for her work supporting women’s rights and in media and entertainment. She is co-founder of a New York-based, women-led creative development and production company, Invisible Pictures. Invisible Pictures is producing film, TV, documentary and digital short-form content, focusing on underrepresented stories not traditionally highlighted in dominant culture. We achieve authentic representation through our inclusive development process in which any demographic represented in our content is a leading voice in creative and in production, both on and off screen. Invisible Pictures’ first feature film presentation, BULL, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019.
Jess is a member of the Maverick Collective within Population Services International (PSI), co- designing a program using Human Centered Design in movement building for women and girls in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, towards greater access to youth-friendly reproductive healthcare services. This work aims to de-stigmatize sexual health and contraception and promote greater choice in girls' reproductive futures.
Jess was the recipient of the 2018 Future is Female award at the International Conference on Family Planning, the largest global convening on family planning, and is one of Real Leader Magazine’s 100 Visionary Leaders (2018). She is an alumna of the Schusterman Foundation’s REALITY Israel trip for women in leadership. Jess is on the board of Rooftop Films, a nonprofit supporting the next generation of independent filmmakers and bringing films directly to neighborhoods throughout New York City, creating inspiring environments that change the way people interact with and think of their community, their neighbors, the city, and the global issues that affect us all. Jess has spoken on women’s health and empowerment, on authenticity, and on women in media for UN General Assembly week, SAP NextGen, at film festivals across the country, and beyond. She is also involved with PlanC, Peer Health Exchange, ROC United, and Corrections Accountability Project, among others.
Jess's most recent film, Butterfly Caught, in which she stars as a drug-addled actress in a timely portrait of the darker side of Hollywood, has been a festival success and her performance has been lauded and award-nominated. Gravitas Ventures released in the fall of 2018 and the film was on iTunes Indie Bestsellers list. Jess is represented by ICM Partners and Pierce Law Group, LLP.