“I love stories, and my goal is to tell stories that mean something – that we all can experience and learn from – that tell us about our humanity and what makes people tick. Those are the kind I find the most moving and love to bring to the big screen.” Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown has been working in the film and television industry since 2003. In 2012 she incorporated her own production company, Peep Media Inc., spearheaded by herself, and award winning writer, actor and documentarian, Jackie Torrens. In 2014, the two completed their first feature length documentary “Edge of East” for documentary Channel and CBC Maritimes, which has received accolades both locally and nationally. Also in 2014, Jessica produced the feature film “Noon Gun” , and the short film/digital media project/ immersive experience, Hidden Window”, which has become an app for both iPhone and Android.
Other recent accomplishments include line producing and production managing the feature film “Bunker 6”; producing “Temple Mount” a 3 hour documentary with high end recreations for VisionTV; Season 3 of “TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens” for Shaw Media’s TVtropolis and a 1-hour documentary for Vision TV entitled “The Devil We Know” through Arcadia Entertainment Inc. In 2010 she completed her first 26 episode high definition comedy series “TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens” Season 2 for Canwest (now Shaw Media; Gemini nominee). In 2008 she produced the high definition documentary “Chasing Wild Horses” (BRAVO, CBC, OASIS HD), which has screened around the world, and has won awards at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival- Best International Documentary), and Worldfest Houston (Platinum Remy Award). Her professional background also includes Producer positions on projects such as Templars Last Stand (VisionTV), I Prophesy (VisionTV), Supernatural Investigator (VisionTV), Go Deep (Seasons 1&2- History Television); short films including You Can’t Do That on Film Anymore and Flush, and Production Management positions on Freemasonry Revealed, Dreamwrecks, Generation XXL, Cohen’s War, One Hit Wonder, and Come On Down: Searching for the American Dream.
“My whole life is about story and, luckily, it’s not going anywhere. It’s in our DNA. Food, water, shelter may sustain us but a good story is what we all live for.” Jackie Torrens
Jackie Torrens is a director, documentarian, writer, actor and television host. With producer Jessica Brown, she is a co-partner in Peep Media Inc.
Her Peep Media television documentaries for CBC and the Documentary Channel – which she directed, hosted and wrote – include Edge of East and My Week on Welfare, both nominated for Best Documentary at the Screen Nova Scotia awards. Peep Media’s My Week on Welfare was given special recognition in Nova Scotia’s House of Legislature. She also recently completed directing a television documentary called Free Reins for Telltale Productions, broadcast for CBC’s Firsthand series.
For three seasons, she has portrayed social worker Drucie McKay in OUTtv’s mini-series Sex and Violence (Canadian Screen Award and Actra nominee for Best Actress in a Drama). She has won an Actra award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the feature film Across the Line and received another Actra nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in Andrea Dorfman’s feature film Heartbeat.
Radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now Radio (winner of an Atlantic Journalism Award for Best Feature Radio Writing), Camp Mini Ha Ha (CBC Award of Excellence winner), What’s Haunting You? and The Collector. She is also a regular contributor and guest host for CBC Radio.