Her work started in Chicago on Network television shows including FOX’s THE EXORCIST, and CW18’s BATWOMAN. Past work includes Production Manager for the fiction feature film GIVE ME LIBERTY (Sundance 2020, recipient of the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award).
Jessica focuses on producing and managing stories with themes of day-in-the-life, social issues, and science with the goal of building lasting community relationships to create better equity in the independent film scene.
Jessica Knap is a freelance producer, production manager, and coordinator for fiction and non-fiction commercials and film. As a UW-Milwaukee Alum she focused in assistant directing on shorts and music videos while producing small business highlight reels. Her senior thesis premiered in the 2014 Cannes Shorts Corner and participated in the International Children’s Film Festival hosted in Lucknow, India. Shortly after she went to work in Chicago on a variety of network tv shows, starting out as a Director’s Assistant on “The Girlfriend Experience” (2016) and eventually working as a Construction Coordinator managing million dollar sets on Fox’s season 1 of “The Exorcist” (2016). Other past work includes Production Manager for the narrative feature film “Give Me Liberty”, which premiered at Sundance and went on to win the 2020 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award. Outside of film and tv she works with agencies such as BVK, Bader Rutter, and a variety of production companies based in both Wisconsin and Chicago.
She is currently in post-production on two documentaries, the first a short titled “Never Home” following a Sexual Assault Advocate and the challenges they face in Hmong Culture. Alongside an untitled feature documentary exploring the science and business of fossils. The latter is supported by the International Documentary Association (IDA) and Milwaukee Film’s Brico Forward Fund. In between she continues to produce and production manage commercials and ultra low budget feature films.
Jessica loves to travel and to hear your stories.
I am an assistant camera with over two years of experience. I have worked with multiple RED, Blackmagic, Sony, and Canon camera models and various cinema lens brands. I am comfortable working with all types of crews and have worked on commercial, corporate, TV, film, documentary, and live events. As a videographer, I have shot conferences and live events, including stand up comedy shows. I am building my experience as a writer and director for independent films and have completed multiple short films and one feature.
I’m hoping to break into more freelance work and can do a variety of jobs/roles. I was an Associate Producer at Harley-Davidson for 9 months, have created several student shows that aired on PBS, love being behind the camera and being creative. I can edit in AVID, but am working on getting better in Premiere.
Kristin Peterson was born and raised in rural-suburban Wisconsin, has a twin sister Monica, and fully identifies as a Libra Sun, Cancer Moon, and Capricorn Rising.
In 2012, she graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in documentary journalism. She recently worked as a producer for the top 25 advertising agency BVK (Wyoming Tourism, CITGO, Maine Tourism, United Way). Previously, Peterson spent three years programming the Beloit International Film Festival. After watching hundreds of submitted films and gaining inspiration, she began directing her own short films, some of which went on to screen at festivals such as the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and Sarasota International Film Festival.
Currently, she is a filmmaker, dramatic writer, and a published poet living in Milwaukee, WI. “Ringolevio” is her debut feature film. Her poetry has been published by such presses as dancing girl press, ICHNOS, Z Publishing, pity milk press; with her first full poetry collection “somnieeee” coming out Summer 2019 from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. In 2018, her debut music video “Gravetalking” (Artist: Amanda Huff) received both the Milwaukee Film Festival and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Best Music Video awards.
Kristin Peterson was also the first artist-in-residence at Academy Award Winning John Ridley’s newly launched No Studios. She is also on the Executive Committee for the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance, a non-profit that aims to support artistic and commercial filmmaking in the area.
Well-traveled people-person experienced in coordinating different departments in the facilitation of talent, equipment and crew. Team player who wears many hats and is passionate about timeliness and efficiency within a workflow. Specializes in film as First Team or Basecamp PA and has worked closely on set with Martin Sheen, Wayne Knight, Luke Wilson, Robert Duvall, Joe Pera and other celebrities. Television credits include Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, FOX, ABC, Cartoon Network and more. Broadcasting experience comes from Milwaukee PBS and WTMJ-TV. Excellent set awareness and walkie etiquette. Valid WI license with clean driving record and can lift and carry heavy equipment.