Jody Jaress

Actor / Director / Writer

Award winning actress  award winning film director awarded jazz blues singer

Awards - Publicity - Media - Radio - Online Interviews

MARCH SPOTLIGHT JODY JARESS  is a true multi hyphenate.  She's an actress, director, writer, dancer, and jazz and blues singe. She's gone coast to coast acting on the stage, in television and in movies.  She's opened for performers such as Harry Belafonte and Louis Armstrong and has received prestigious honors for her singing career.  Jody has recently appeared in award winning films and shorts and is working on even more new projects right now.  Here, she looks back at her long, distinguished career and talks about what's next.

Jody Jaress youthful beginnings
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Exclusive interview with Jody Jaress by Vinegar Syndrome regarding her first feature film THE BIGOT aka THE HUNTING SEASON  remastered and released by Troma Films as DEADLY DAPHNE'S REVENGE... includes Jody's film clips as Rhea.

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SEARCH MY TRASH by Mike Haberfelner (Germany):  JODY JARESS DISCUSSES THE MAKING OF...

"MOTHER'S DAY MEMORIES" plus insights to her life, career choices and new technology in filmmaking.

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GLamgical Up Close & Personal Interviews: 

JODY JARESS, cast and filmmakers

DISCUSS THE MAKING OF "MOTHER'S DAY MEMORIES" 

personal thoughts on Alzheimers, filming techniques

festivals, and more...

MARILYN FILMS and Distribution: JODY JARESS CELEBRATED ACTRESSES' DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

ONE ON ONE WITH JODY JARESS...  (click for interview)

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1. What led you to become a film director?   

2. What inspired TRACES OF MEMORY

    and why did you choose to direct it?  

3. The intro shot is memorable. Can you elaborate on it? 

4. The desert in TRACES OF MEMORY can be interpreted as the

     third main character. Would you agree? 

5. What advice can you give to aspiring actresses and actors?  

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"Most friends and family would say it's a natural progression for me

(to direct) due to my desire to always be HANDS ON and in CONTROL

with everything!  So they say!  LOL!"

(US)/CANADIAN MEDIA:  DIRECTOR, WRITER, VETERAN ACTRESS JODY JARESS is known for... playing multi-layered complex character roles such as a mentally challenged wife, a psychiatrist, a creepy nanny, an agonized nurturing mother, and a lightheaded wife.

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During an exclusive discussion with Jody Jaress, Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director of Canadian-Media, learns about Jody Jaress' adventurous journey in life, as a producer, director, actress, editor, a Jazz musician.  She also tells her experiences of her role in the short film, 'Mother's Day Memories.’

 

"...acting is calmly rewarding, as is singing, and both extremely exhilarating!  Directing is powerful.  It's more demanding. It's a privilege to be so trusted."

trey olds radio show

Jody shares personal stories regarding her journey into acting/singing. 

Highlights NYC, Will-O-Way Theatre, Basil Rathbone, USO and more...

TREY OLDS RADIO (Part 1) - (15 mins) JODY JARESS INTERVIEW
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TREY OLDS RADIO (Part 2) - (15 mins) JODY JARESS INTERVIEW
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TREY OLDS RADIO (Part 3) - (14 mins) JODY JARESS INTERVIEW
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Raven Radio part 1 - KCAW Alaska AFTER HOURSJody Jaress
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JODY JARESS

Honored this year as a Living Legend by the Living Legends Foundation—which honors Jazz and Blues artists for stellar lifelong careers, Jody Jaress lives up to her award.  Having spent her early years opening for the likes of Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore and Harry Belafonte, Jaress paved the road to her own spotlight while raising funds for charities such as We Are The Children, the Angel Food Foundation, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. 

 

She has received several independent film festival awards for acting, and serving on the board of the International Student Film Festival Hollywood. After nearly 30 years, Jaress still performs at her peak, with no sign of slowing down.

"Jody Jaress... excellent."  
- Robert Koehler, Variety reviewer

Publicity

The Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles Times (US)

LA Weekly (US)

Variety (US)

Drama-Logue (US)

Box Office Magazine (US)

The Tolucan Times (US)

Back Stage West 

and more...

Women's Independent Film Festival

Desert Theatre League Awards

Valley Film Festival

Southern Shorts Awards

Palm Springs International ShortFest

Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, US

California Women's Film Festival

Best Shorts Competition

Awareness Film Festival, CA 

Monaco Film Festival

Method Fest Film Festival 

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

Temecula International Film Festival

 

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