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
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
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 DÃ©cor 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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