Jessica Congdon is an award-winning film and commercial director and editor. She directed the short documentary film Empire on Main Street which received the audience and jury award for best documentary short at Sonoma International Film Festival 2018, has been an official selection at 21 film festivals nationally and internationally, and won best documentary at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.
She co-wrote and edited the 2019 Peabody-award winning film Dolores about Latina civil rights icon Dolores Huerta with director Peter Bratt. The film premiered in the documentary competition at Sundance 2017 and was released by PBS’ Independent Lens. She produced, co-wrote & edited the documentary films The Mask You Live In and Miss Representation with Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The films premiered at Sundance in 2011 and 2015, and have screened in over 49 countries. Prior to that, she co-directed and edited the documentary Race To Nowhere with Vicki Abeles, about America’s over-achievement education culture.
Other editing work includes the documentaries Speed and Angels and The Bronzer, directed by Peyton Wilson; Motherland and Desert Runners by Jennifer Steinman; and the narrative features Big Girls Don’t Cry directed by Maria von Heland and distributed by Columbia Tri-Star, and Sundance 2003 award-winner Dopamine directed by Mark Decena and distributed by Sundance Films.
Other directing work includes commercial campaigns for Google and eBates, the short documentary web series Inspired, as well as the food / travel documentary series lost in taste. Jessica is a founding member of Umlaut Films in San Francisco, and her work has received AICE editing awards, the One Show Award, and Cannes Lions awards.