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Bio – Mid-Career 2020

J. Everly

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020

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J. Everly

J. Everley is an award-winning independent film and TV producer who has worked in the industry for eight years. An early career in automotive tech and construction as a laborer and eventually job supervisor strengthened his innate analytical, managerial, and logistical skills. But what he craved was storytelling and the creativity of making stories come to life. He started making his own films to gain on-set experience, and learned as much as he could through masterclasses/webinars on nights and weekends while also working full-time. When he made the leap into filmmaking, his acquired skill sets proved invaluable, as the producer is, in many ways, like the general contractor of a film set. Three years into his career, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic blindness, but he has not lost his passion for and love of filmmaking.

Since his diagnosis, he has lost most of his central vision and is now legally blind. While he has found it difficult to continue with his additional work in post production as editor and color grader, he has devoted all of his energy into producing. His blindness has proved challenging in every aspect of his life, but he has learned how to adapt and excel. His “greeny-nominated” short film, “Whiskey Boys”, was an HBO’s Project Greenlight semi-finalist, and was released on HBO’s network. He went on to produce the 2015 Lionsgate National Storytellers Competition wildcard winning short film, “Masque”, which had over 3 million views, and secured an award at the 2015 Crystal and Lucy’s. His latest short, “Of Mine”, premiered at Disney Animation Studios and screened at festivals like Dances with Films.

In addition to producing, J. works with his creative partner, Cate Carson, under Sensorium Pictures. They’ve made short films, music videos, and other digital content – including one of the most successfully funded projects on Seed & Spark – “PURE” the series, which is currently in post-production. As a co-creator, he has developed “PURE” into a longer form series, and has an anthology series (“The Absolute”) which placed in several screenwriting competitions. He continues to develop future projects, including dark dramedy, whimsical fantasy, and suspense feature films, and a proof of concept for a dark comedy set to shoot as soon as safe to do so.

Adapting in life has bled over into his projects, creating a strength for problem-solving, and being able to work on-the-fly. And he has a knack for assembling the right team, which he believes is 50% of filmmaking. Ultimately, J. continues working toward collaborative visions that audiences respond to in the same way he did with some of his beloved childhood films.

LEARN MORE

After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.

This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
  • Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
  • Silver Sponsors: Fox Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment 

Diana Elizabeth Jordan

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020

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Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Diana Elizabeth Jordan (Actor, Solo Artist, Filmmaker, Disability Inclusion Artivist) offers an dynamic and powerful alternative to the traditional keynote address through her one-woman shows, performance lectures and spoken word concerts. She is a living example of triumphing over adversity and resiliency. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which mildly affects her speech and gait, around age two, she grew up with a tenacious determination to not to let adversity stand in the way of achieving her dreams. Jordan was the first actress with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach. She also holds certificates in Occupational Therapy (University of Kansas) and Social Emotional Arts (UCLA). As an award-winning actress, she has been cast in more than 60 theater productions, film and television including CBS’ S.W.A.T. She also hosts the weekly vlog, A Morning Cup of Joy.

Jordan’s talents extend beyond of her love of performing. She is an award-nominated director and a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She is also the C.C.O. (Chief Creative Officer) and founder of The Rainbow Butterfly Café, an EduTainment Production Company, which she launched in 2015. Last year she launched Dreaming Big On A Swing Entertainment.

Jordan is committed to entertaining, impacting and empowering audiences in celebrating inclusive diversity, disability intersectionality, resiliency, empathy, personal growth and professional development. Whether portraying a character or sharing a personal story, Jordan touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability and honesty.

LEARN MORE

After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.

This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
  • Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
  • Silver Sponsors: Fox Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment
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