Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, ko Te Ātiawa,  ko Te Ati Haunui-a-papārangi ngā iwi.

Jessica Sanderson is a film and television director from a design and theatre background. Of Māori and Pākehā descent, the varied lives of her family influence the stories she tells – the majority of which are about the people of Aotearoa / New Zealand and the wider Pacific.  

 

Jessica has a 'Bachelor of Performance Design', a joint degree from both Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, which has influenced the strong visual and conceptual approach she applies to her projects. She has created music videos for some of Aotearoa’s most prolific artists, including; Aaradhna, Shapeshifter, Stan Walker, Tama Waipara, Ria Hall, Kora and more. 

 

Jessica has recently finished her first short film Ways To See, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and produced by her long-time collaborator Desray Armstrong (Sandy Lane Productions). She is currently directing an eight part documentary television series called Moko produced by Velvetsone Media, and is developing her first featue film. 

2018: Documentary TV Series
'MOKO'
ROLE: DIRECTOR

Eight part series due for release 2019.
*Currently in production.

2018: Short Film
Ways To See
ROLE: DIRECTOR / WRITER

NZFC Fresh Short
*Currently in post-production.

2015 - On-going: FRESH

Hawaii, Rarotonga, Guam & NZ based

ROLE: Director & Editor

TV Show created by Tiki Lounge Productions for TVNZ

2017: Music Video - Aaradhna

Forever Love

ROLE: DIRECTOR/EDITOR

 

2015: Music Video - Shapeshifter + The Upbeats
Solitaire

ROLE: DIRECTOR / EDITOR

 

2015: TVC
New Zealander of the Year Awards

ROLE: DIRECTOR / EDITOR

 

2015: Television Series

Comedy: Find Me A Māori Bride

Māori Television

Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions

ROLE:  CONTINUITY + DIRECTOR (EP 5-6)

 

2015: TVC

Matatini Festival Promotion

ROLE: DIRECTOR / EDITOR

 

2014: Group Illustration Show

Hot X Buns

ROLE: CONTRIBUTING ARTIST / EVENTPRODUCER

 

2014: Music Video - Ginny Blackmore + Stan Walker

Holding You 

ROLE: DIRECTOR / EDITOR / CO-PRODUCER
 

2013: Television Series - Totes Māori
Segment director: Documentary Profiles
ROLE: FIELD DIRECTOR / EDITOR
 

2013: Music Video - Tama Waipara
Medicine Man
ROLE: DIRECTOR / EDITOR

 

2012: Music Video - Kora
Drop Dead Killer
ROLE: DIRECTOR /  EDITOR

 

2012: Theatre Design - A Hearts Path  
ROLE: GRAPHIC DESIGNER

 

2012: Music Video - Ria Hall
Best of Me
ROLE: DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / EDITOR
**Winner of NZ On Air, ‘BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR BY A MĀORI ARTIST’,  2012 Māori Music Awards

 

2012: Music Video - A Hori Buzz
-Turnaround
ROLE: PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / EDITOR

 

2011: Event Design
– Ria Hall EP Release Party
ROLE: SET / VISUAL DESIGN / LIVE VJ

 

2011: Event Design
– Antarctica
ROLE: SET / VISUAL DESIGN / LIVE VJ

 

2011: Erina Daniel’s Masters of Theatrical Arts, Major Piece
– Party With the Aunties
ROLE: IMAGE / SET / COSTUME DESIGNER

 

2010: Music Video - Benny Tones ft. Sacha Vee
Released Jan 2011
- Chrysalis
ROLE: DIRECTOR / EDITOR / PRODUCER

 

2010: New Zealand International Film Festival
– Short film project; Quarters (Our House)
ROLE: DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / EDITOR

 

2010: Taki Rua Productions 2010 Te Reo Māori Tour
– Matapihi ki te Ao
ROLE: IMAGE / SET / COSTUME DESIGNER

 

2010: New Zealand International Arts Festival
– Mark Twain and Me in Māoriland
ROLE: DESIGN ASSISTANT

 

2009: Blow Festival 2009
– End of year Performance Design group show;
Set Departure (Recollect)
ROLE: Contributing Artist

 

2008: Out of the Box
– Group show at Massey University (Te Ao Mārama)
ROLE: Contributing Artist