RESUME 

 writer/Director 

Tessa’s debut feature documentary Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me premiered at SXSW and was released theatrically, starting with the Quad Theater in New York. It was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its Outstanding Documentary series and aired on Showtime and Oxygen.

 

Tessa’s Election Night premiered at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was acquired by Shorts International. It debuted theatrically in November and can be found on iTunes, Amazon & Hulu.

 

Leave Keys in Car, a comedy short Tessa made in Hawaii, won Best Comedy at the Lady Filmmaker Festival and Best of Fest at the Bahamas International Film Festival. It was acquired for broadcast from Shorts International.

 

Upended, a drama directed by Tessa, starring Amy Landecker (Transparent), will premiere at festivals in early 2020. 

 

Produced by Issa Rae, Tessa helmed Words with Girls, a new-media comedy pilot created by Brittani Nichols, which premiered at the HBO Urbanworld Film Festival.

 

With Emma Hewitt, Tessa documented the experience of women coming out of prison. Susan, produced by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia, aired nationally on Moyers & Company on PBS. Tessa recently received the Industry Impact Award from A NEW WAY OF LIFE: PRISON REENTRY PROJECT.

 

Her documentary Project ALS won the Media that Matters Award at The Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Nantucket Film Festival.

 Television- Director 

Television

Veronica Mars   |   Warner Brothers/Hulu   |   2019  |   "Entering a World of Pain"

A Million Little Things  |   ABC   |   2019  |   "Unleashed"

iZombie  |   Warner Brothers/CW  |   2019  |   "The Fresh Princess"

iZombie  |   Warner Brothers/CW  |   2018  |   "My Really Fair Lady"

iZombie  |   Warner Brothers/CW  |   2017  |   "Spanking the Zombie"

Station 19   |  Shondaland/ABC   |   2019  |   "Ice Ice Baby"

Station 19   |  Shondaland/ABC   |   2019  |   "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

Station 19   |  Shondaland/ABC   |   2019  |   "Home to Hold Onto"

Bull  |   CBS   |   2020 |   "Look Back in Anger"

Bull  |   CBS   |   2019  |   "Bounty"

NCIS: New Orleans  |   CBS  |   2020  |   "The Root of All Evil"

NCIS: New Orleans  |   CBS  |   2019  |   "Conspiracy Theories"

NCIS: New Orleans  |   CBS  |   2018  |   "Risk Assessment"

NCIS: New Orleans  |   CBS  |   2018  |   "Empathy"

NCIS: New Orleans  |   CBS  |   2016  |   "Second Changes"

Film

Five Wives, Three Secretaries and Me |  Premiered at SXSW   |   1998  

Upended  | Starring Amy Landecker & David Call |  2019

Election Night |   AFI DWW; Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes   |   2015 

Leave Keys in Car | Best of Fest Bahamas International Film Fest | 2013

 Education 

American Film Institute   |   Directing Workshop for Women 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   |   Morehead Scholar  

Choate Rosemary Hall   |   Honors  

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