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Quickly building a reputation as a trailblazer in Hollywood JESSICA BENDINGER (Director / Screenwriter) has become a role model for those aspiring to careers in entertainment. The writer/ director began as a model with the famed Elite Modeling Agency, an unexpected beginning for such a luminary for women and directors in Hollywood. While still in college, the gifted writer snagged her first writing gig; covering hip-hop music for Spin Magazine. MTV News followed, and Bendinger continued honing her insights and her ability to translate concepts to the page.

This early foundation in the music world facilitated a segue into directing music videos. Bendinger directed artists in diverse genres: working with critics' favorites Masters of Reality; Japanese metal stars, Loudness; and Latin freestyle artist Coro. Her proclivity for direction led to two 1991 Billboard nominations for Best Rap Video and Best Director for Queen Latifah's Fly Girl.

Bendinger's love of writing eventually drew her to television, first penning episodes on the French series Sous Le Soleil and eventually for the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning season four of Sex and The City.

Writing for television encouraged a move to Los Angeles, where Bendinger endured twenty-seven studio rejections to her first original idea, Bring it On. Eventually, the idea was purchased by Beacon Pictures and the result was staggering success for the first time scriptwriter. The project, distributed by Universal, debuted at number one at the box office and remained there for two weeks. Bring It On went on to be one of the highest grossing movies of the year, and remains one of the highest grossing movies of teen comedy genre. Jessica frequently serves as a script-doctor, and some of her additional writing credits include: The Truth About Charlie; First Daughter; and the 2006 release, Aquamarine.

Bendinger has just wrapped production on Stick It, her first original script since Bring It On. This project scored her a rare triple crown in its' genesis. First, Bendinger was attached as a production company with producing partner Gail Lyon. Secondly, she attached herself as director of the film, and lastly, once the project was purchased, it had to be green-lit into production within six months. This unusual kind of progress-to-production deal has occurred but a few times in Hollywood history.

Bendinger's work has appeared in Premiere Magazine, Elle Décor and numerous internet outlets. She has served as an advisor for the Sundance Film Lab and is a frequent panelist at the Austin Film Festival. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jessica plans on continuing her writing and encouraging young people pursuing careers in the arts.


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