STACEY PARSHALL JENSEN
Stacey Parshall Jensen is a vibrant Mixed Blood screenwriter whose stories overflow with dramatic tension of dynamic relationships of the flawed who find their strength, heal their wounds, and triumph. Her artistic mission is to tell the stories that often go unheard and her character-driven dramas allow her to do that.
She’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, Black and a wee bit German living creatively in Los Angeles by way of Minnesota. She tells stories through multiple cultural lenses. And is a very proud mama, wife, creative coach and birth advocate.
She holds a Screenwriting MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts, a Creative Writing MFA from Hamline University and an Interdisciplinary Child Social Policy MLS from the U of MN. She is a fierce women and children’s advocate.
As a Film Independent 2011 Project Involve Fellow, her short, “High Card Trumps”, screened at multiple festivals including Urbanworld in New York City, LA Skins in Los Angeles, GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. and world premiered at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia where it won the best actress award for the role of Dahab, who is now the focus of the feature length story, “Waiting For Sam”, a year in an American life about a Pakistani Muslim American mother whose son is taken captive in Afghanistan while serving in the US Army.
She’s developing her second female-driven television pilot, Rockheart, about a cop solving the mystery of her own childhood to save the lives of abducted children. Her feature “Shipside” an urban ghost story about slavery is in story development, and her newest feature “Coastin on E” is an exploration of family secrets, alcoholism and adolescent lies that are not too far from the truth.
When not writing, she studies movies and television, reads trashy crime novels and looks forward to the day that she and her hus-b, Peter, can make a film with their daughter, Lanee Bird, a visual artist graduate of SFAI. And she’s happy that she finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up.