A filmmaker raised in Portland, Oregon; Jessica Barr's work often explores loss and discoveries made from grief. Sophie Jones, a feature that Barr wrote, produced and starred in premiered at the 2020 Deauville Film Festival. The film screened at numerous other festivals before being acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Barr is the recipient of the Future of Film is Female Grant, the Oregon Made Grant, and the Regional Arts and Cultural Grant in Portland. Over the past three years she has directed, written and produced many award winning shorts including September which won the critic's choice award at the 2022 Cinema Femme Film Festival. Her short film Tight will premiere this March in competition at SXSW. She recently starred in a feature called Can't Seem To Make You Mine alongside Lindsay Burdge and Zachary Sherman which played in competition at the 2023 Dancing With Films Festival and will be headlining Filmfort 2024. Barr has mentored for The Reel Champions in Los Angeles and recently worked under Megan Griffiths as a director’s assistant on the Amazon hit series The Summer I Turned Pretty. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Portland and is prepping for her feature directorial debut.