TESSA BELL

Director • Producer • Executive Producer

 

I was infected with the creative bug at the tender age of 7, when I wrote, produced, directed and starred in a way way off-Broadway play (my family was living in Italy at the time)  in which the princess (me) runs away with the handsome knight (the love of my young life) in spite of her  father's command to marry the not so handsome prince (my brother).  I invited all my friends and and their parents.  It was a great success.   I've been writing, producing and directing ever since.  

I began my  career  at CBS Sixty Minutes and the CBS Evening News where I worked  with amazing talent: Dan Rather, Mike Wallace and a slew of great producers, until the birth of my daughter.  I chose not to return to CBS and built Infinity Films & Video, Inc. producing content for Fortune 500 companies and  children’s films for tv.

 

Of course I found my way to LA, in 2008. Since then, I have  produced two feature films,  two shorts, and produced or directed many psa's.  

 

In my "spare" time I am on the board of GreenLight Women and am the Chair of the Women In Film LA Production Program, leading a group of talented women as they produce and direct psa's and social media commentary. This program has won numerous Emmy's, Tele's and Aurora awards, but more importantly, keeps me directly grounded in the needs of our culture.  

 

Whether I am producing or directing, every project is executed on time and in budget. Everything about the process of creation excites and drives me:  the crazy hardships, the colorful colleagues, the demanding audience, the sixteen hour days, sleepless nights  and nonexistent weekends, .  Telling stories is a passion so deep no obstacle is ever insurmountable.  You know what I mean.

 

LIFE INSIDE OUT

 

PRODUCER//

2014

 

synopsis//

     When a mother returns to her musical roots, she          rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to    connect with her troubled teenage son.

 

awards//

Heartland, Ojai, Phoenix, San Luis Obispo, Palm Beach, Woodhole...

website//

www.lifeinsideoutthemovie.com

BIPOLAR

 

PRODUCER//

2013

 

synopsis//

When Harry Poole tries out a new medication for Bipolar Disorder, he gets reborn as “Edward Grey”, a seductive but dangerous alter ego who dramatically takes over his life, changing the young man and those around him forever.

 

awards//

Best Feature Premiere Film Arts Paris

website//

www.bipolar-themovie.com

 

NO HITS

 

PRODUCER//

2016

client//

Made By Women Media

30 sec.

 

 

 

SHOW YOUR NEW SELF

 

DIRECTOR//

2016

client//

Southern California Crossroads

30 sec.

 

 

 

 

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO HELP?

"My Epilepsy"

 

PRODUCER//

2011

client//

Epilepsy Foundation, GLA

30 sec.

awards//

Aurora Platinum Best in Show

Telly Silver  

 

 

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO HELP?

"Fear"

 

PRODUCER//

2011

 

client//

Epilepsy Foundation, GLA

20 sec.

 

 

 

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO HELP?

"First Aid"

 

PRODUCER//

2011

 

client//

Epilepsy Foundation, GLA

30 sec.

 

 

 

SPEAK UP WHEN YOU'RE DOWN

 

PRODUCER//

2012

 

client//

Junior League of LA

30 sec.

 

 

 

WHISPER

 

EXEC PRODUCER// PRODUCER

2014

 

client//

South Asian Helpline And Referral Agency

30 sec.

awards//

Aurora Gold

Telly Silver  

 

 

HOW FAR DOES A DOLLAR GO?

"One Dollar"

 

EXEC PRODUCER//

2014

 

client//

LA Food Bank

60 sec.

 

 

 

HOW FAR DOES A DOLLAR GO?

"Lemonade"

 

EXEC PRODUCER//

2014

 

client//

LA Food Bank

30 sec.

 

 

 

HOW FAR DOES A DOLLAR GO?

"Nail Salon"

 

EXEC PRODUCER//

2014

 

client//

LA Food Bank

20 sec.

 

 

 

HOW FAR DOES A DOLLAR GO?

"ATM"

 

EXEC PRODUCER//

2014

 

client//

LA Food Bank

30 sec.

 

 

 

 

Flip the Script

web series

A comedy series, because gender parity is a joke.

Diva Director

LAKE BELL as The Female Director

ROB HUEBEL as The Male Director

DANA POWELL as The DP

 

Written and Created by Ally Iseman

Executive Producer: Tessa Bell

Producers: Meredith Riley Stewart and Ally Iseman

Directed by Deena Adar & Kai Collins of Quiet Duke

Directing Mentor: Beth McCarthy-Miller

Cinematographer: Cynthia Pusheck,

ASC Composer: Lolita Ritmanis

Editor: Sabrina Gimenez

Shelf Life

AMY LANDECKER as The CEO

IAN HARDING as The Producer

Written and Created by Ally Iseman

Executive Producer: Tessa Bell

Producers: Meredith Riley Stewart and Ally Iseman Directed by Joey Ally

Directing Mentor: Jamie Babbit

Cinematographer: TJ Williams, Jr.

Composer: Lolita Ritmanis

Editor: TJ Williams, Jr.

Mad Women

MICHAELA WATKINS as The Ad Agency Partner YVONNE ORJI as Ad Exec 1

KEIKO AGENA as Ad Exec 2

EMMA BELL as Ad Exec 3

BOB CLENDENIN as The Director

Written and Created by Ally Iseman

Executive Producer: Tessa Bell

Producers: Meredith Riley Stewart and Ally Iseman Directed by Joey Ally

Directing Mentor: Jamie Babbit

Cinematographer: TJ Williams, Jr.

Composer: Lolita Ritmanis

Editor: TJ Williams, Jr.

Market Value

JERRIKA HINTON as The Lit Agent

JEFF GARLIN as The Screenwriter Written

Created by Ally Iseman

Executive Producer: Tessa Bell

Producers: Meredith Riley Stewart and Ally Iseman Directed by Deena Adar & Kai Collins of Quiet Duke Directing Mentor: Beth McCarthy-Miller

Cinematographer: Cynthia Pusheck,

ASC Composer: Lolita Ritmanis

Editor: Sabrina Gimenez

 

© 2017 by Tessa Bell

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