Jessica Brown has been working in the film and television industry since 2003. In 2012 she incorporated Peep Media Inc. with award-winning Writer/Director Jackie Torrens. Since 2012, they have completed five documentary films which include: Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille (documentary Channel- Lunenburg Doc Fest- Best Atlantic Filmmaker; FIN-AIFF- Best Atlantic Documentary; Best Editing); Small Town Show Biz: 2 Dreams from a Harbourtown (CBC, documentary Channel); Edge of East (CBC, Documentary Channel; Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee for Best Documentary), My Week on Welfare (CBC, documentary Channel, Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee Best Documentary) and Bernie Langille Wants to Know… Who Killed Bernie Langille (BravoFACTUAL). Brown also produces in the scripted world and works as Head Researcher/Contracts for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes; she produced the low-budget feature film Noon Gun; the short films My Younger Older Sister and The Toll, the short film/digital media project Hidden Window; as well as line producing the feature film Bunker 6, and producing the television series for Shaw Media TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens (Gemini Award nominee- Best Host). In 2008 she produced her first feature-length documentary film Chasing Wild Horses (BRAVO, CBC, OASIS HD), which has screened around the world, and has won awards at the New York International Independent Film Festival- Best International Documentary), and Worldfest Houston (Platinum Remy Award).
Jackie Torrens is a Halifax-based actor, writer & film director. She and producer Jessica Brown own & operate Peep Media, a female-owned production company based in Halifax. Their films for CBC, the Documentary Channel, and Bravofactual include Edge of East, My Week on Welfare, Small Town Show Biz and their most recent, Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2022 & won WIFT-AT’s Best Director, Best Documentary at the FIN Atlantic Film Festival and Best Atlantic Filmmaker from the Lunenburg Documentary Festival. Jackie has also done two documentary films for Telltale Productions, Free Reins (CBC POV) and the feature-length Radical Age (Vision). Her award-winning scripted short Pickled Punk, about a fetus in a jar, was touted for its originality on the North American film festival circuit. She was nominated for a Gemini for her writing on Trailer Park Boys. For 10 years, she was a regular contributor and guest host for CBC Radio. Torrens’ CBC radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now, which received an Atlantic Journalism Award & also Camp Mini Ha Ha, which received a CBC Award of Excellence. As a playwright, her play Georama premiered at the National Arts Center. As an actor, theatre highlights include playing Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Katurian in Martin MacDonaugh’s Pillowman, and Liz in Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View at Neptune Theatre. Her first television acting gig was playing Wanda Mattice for five seasons on Rick Mercer’s Made In Canada, a role that nominated her for a Canadian Comedy award. She has received an Actra nomination for her work in Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat, an Actra award for her performance in director X’s Across The Line, and a Canadian Screen Award Best Actress nomination for her work as series lead Drucie MacKay in Thom Fitzgerald’s television series Sex and Violence.