Award-winning UCI Film & Media Studies alumna Jess dela Merced '09 takes risks, directs her first feature-length film Jess dela Merced graduated from the UCI Department of Film & Media Studies in 2009. Since then, she's received an MFA from the NYU Grad Film Program and written and directed shorts, including her award-winning thesis film "HYPEBEASTS," which was written under the mentorship of Spike Lee. Her latest short film, "Wait 'til the Wolves Make Nice," premiered at SXSW and won the Grand Jury Prize in Detroit's Cinetopia International Film Festival. She is currently working on her first feature-length film, "Chickenshit," a youth adventure film about a young black girl who bands together with a group of boys to stop arsonists from burning down their city of Detroit.
School of Humanities, 11.2016