is a writer and filmmaker whose stories shine a light in dark places to show us the humanity there. Her feature-length screenplay “The Patio” was a semi-finalist at the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and was selected for competition at The Oaxaca Film Festival. In 2016, she was accepted at the Weymouth Writer’s-in-Residence program where she completed a novel. Her visual work “Process” has appeared on Juxtapoz and other online publications. She has worked for Protozoa Pictures, Participant Media, Ebertfest, and on numerous independent film projects. Her latest novel, "The Stillness Between," is forthcoming.
In 2014, Jasmine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where she earned an MFA in Film & Television Production, Screenwriting. In 2011, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Iowa where she earned a BA in English Literature, Creative Writing. In 2005, she took creative writing courses at UCLA’s Writer’s Extension Program where she was mentored by the late Les Plesko.
Since 2005, Jasmine has volunteered for organizations that serve children. Her efforts include documenting a mural project at a summer camp in Jerusalem for Project Harmony and Arts by the People, and building a classroom in the Rocinha favela for Dos Hermanos.
Jasmine is an avid traveler with an eye for the mysterious and vast spaces that dwarf the viewer, evoking the magnitude and wonder of Life. In 2009, she went on a six month, solo-backpacking travel from Antarctica to the Galapagos Islands and blogged about the experience at In The Backyard. She is drawn to honest storytelling and candid photography.
Prior to storytelling, Jasmine was a dancer for Furious Styles Crew. During her tenure, she went on a syndicated national tour with The Roots, OutKast, and Diesel Boy, was a guest judge and panelist at Body Rock New Zealand, and won first place in the female division at Miami Pro-Am International Arts & Dance Conference. In her free time, she practices Krav Maga and illustrates at Little Giant.