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Bio – Lab 2021 Mid-Career

Jennifer Valdes

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2021

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Jennifer Valdes

Jennifer Valdes was born in Queens, New York. She is an award winning independent filmmaker who has worked in the professional film industry for over 13 years. Jennifer is disabled and uses her strength, determination and passion to make award winning films despite her physical limitations. Jennifer is a director, producer, writer and professional video editor. She graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2005. Jennifer also worked at the New York Film Academy as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Video Editing Lab, where she helped students with technical computer programs and taught Final Cut Pro Video Editing Instruction Classes to High School Students. [continue reading…]

Bella Cosper

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2021

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Bella Cosper

Bella Cosper is a writer for the CBS Pipeline and mentee’d at Six Point Harness (Hair Love) for Animation Development. She has produced, directed, & written award-winning short films, scripted audio, TV and stage productions. An alumni of UCLA’s TV Comedy Writing & Development program, she also is heavily involved in comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade, iO, & The Pack, and produces a live storytelling show. She is a member of Women in Animation as well as The Caucus for Writers, Directors, and Producers. [continue reading…]

Cashmere Jasmine

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2021

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Cashmere Jasmine

Cashmere Jasmine is a first-generation disabled Afro-Caribbean writer and director from South Florida, who creates provocative surrealist dramas. Her brand is dramas revolve around taboos and the complexities of identity seen through lenses of class, race, sexuality, and even criminality; deconstructing perceptions with her real-life experiences and dark humor. [continue reading…]

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