Master of Horror
Jackie is an MIT engineer / Naval Officer / award-winning screenwriter. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she grew up around the country as a military brat, landing in Jacksonville, FL during her impressionable teenaged years and watched movies to escape the real world. With her eyes set on MIT, she never once thought of pursuing a career in film until a screening of Hostel and Q&A with Eli Roth who said that film school wasn't the gateway into the industry, hard work and perseverance was truly the key to success.
She was hooked. People were making movies, why not her?
After writing and shooting several short films the basements of MIT, and five years of active duty Naval service as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, she decided to take a chance and move out to LA to see what was possible.
Internships at Court Five and Heroes and Villains Entertainment taught her the ropes and she soon moved on to executive assistant positions at Creative Artists Agency working for partner Michelle Kydd Lee and Justin Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment working for SVP Ben Shields Catlin where she learned the ins and outs of the film and television industry. Participating in the Writers Guild Foundation Veteran Writing Project was a lightning strike, sparking her intense passion for the craft of screenwriting and setting her on a path towards present day.
Jackie graduated from the inaugural class of the Stephens College Masters of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting program in May 2017. Her feature horror script U-666 won Best Un-produced Screenplay at Screamfest 2017, she was selected to workshop her thriller script CIVILIZED at the 2017 Stowe Story Labs, and her short military script MY FELLOW AMERICAN was an Official Selection at the 2017 GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. Her short films DRYER LINT (2015) and EXPECTING (2016) have played at film festivals around the country and she founded her genre production company Pointed Pictures because of her love for horror and belief in a more inclusive Hollywood that values diversity in front of and behind the camera.
In addition to writing for the big screen, her articles have been published on The Mary Sue, Ms. In The Biz, and Cut-Throat Women. Her essay on Ida May Park appears in the book "When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry." She manages grants for Stowe Story Labs, is the founder of CAA Vets, and is an alum of Hola Mexico Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today.
Why "Rage"? It was bestowed upon her as a Navy call sign.
Jackie is in post-production on her latest film BEACHWORLD, a horror/scifi short based on a story by Stephen King. She is workshopping her biopic feature script AMAZING GRACE at the May 2019 Mineral School Screenwriting Residency, and was recently commissioned to write a biography on astronaut Sally Ride for ABC-Clio publishing. She currently resides in Bahrain with her spouse Jon Paris and rescue pup Maxie.