Stacey Parshall Jensen

Scholarships Committee Chair

Biography

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 over their obstacles. Her artistic mission is to tell the stories that often go unheard and her character-driven drama does that.

She’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, Black  and 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 woman and children’s advocate.

As a Film Independent 2011 Project Involve Fellow, her short film, High Card Trumps, screened at multiple festivals including Urbanworld in New York City, LA Skins in Los Angeles, GI Film Festival in Washington, DC 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 a feature-length story, Waiting For Sam, a year in an American life about a Pakistani Muslim American mother whose son is taken captive in Syria while serving in the US Army.

Her female-driven television limited series, Rockheart, is about a half- blood, Native  cop solving the mystery of her own childhood to save the lives of abducted little girls. Mayberry Circle Club, a limited series is also a crime story about a Black urban officer fighting to find the killer of young girl’s complicated death and uncovers obsessive child love and secrets in a small suburb.  Her feature, Shipside, an urban ghost story about slavery is in story development along with her newest feature, Coastin’ on E, an exploration of family secrets, alcoholism and adolescent lies that are not too far from the truth.

She’s co-owner of Through The Wilderness, LLC, a film production company dedicated to untold stories and “New Takes On Old Tales”. TTW’s debut production is a Native female action short she wrote called Blessed.  It’s about miscarriage, motherhood and the desire to be a mom or being a warrior. Blessed has won Best Narrative Short Film Jury Award at the One Nation Film Festival and Best Short Film at California Women’s Film Festival among other recognitions. The feature length of Blessed is in development.

Through The Wilderness’s first feature investment, First Girl I Loved, a beautiful story about a young girl coming out and the boy who loves her, had its world premiere at Sundance where it won the NEXT Audience Award.

When not writing, Stacey studies film and television, reads trashy crime novels, cooks clean and looks forward to the day she and her hus-b, Peter, can make more films with their daughter, Lanee Bird, a visual artist, cinema art director, producer and photographer with Holyrad Studios in Brooklyn

Stacey’s happy that she finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up. And plans to make more movies where she can blow shit up.