women in production
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.
Emma Fried has most recently taken on the role of Production Coordinator in the film industry. Her positive and forward-thinking mentality is the perfect combination for a role that is necessary to keep the wheels moving on any production. She studied Film Production and Theatre at Huntington University. This has allowed Emma to work on Conan in Burbank, at the Indiana Repertory Theater in Indianapolis, and on several films in the U.S. and abroad. Emma is currently based in Wisconsin.