Vanessa Parise was selected for the inaugural year of Fox’s prestigious Global Diversity Program. She was also chosen for the first year of the WeForShe DirectHer Program. As an Italian-Columbian-Jewish woman born in NYC and raised in Rhode Island, Vanessa brings a unique perspective to her work.
Vanessa just completed directing Tim Kring’s supernatural drama, BEYOND. She recently directed the back door pilot DRINK SLAY LOVE (Cierra Ramirez, EP Bella Thorne) based on the bestselling book. Vanessa has directed multiple episodes of the hit Amazon series JUST ADD MAGIC, for which the network put her up for an EMMY Award.
Parise turned down Harvard Medical School to venture into the business as actor/writer/director/producer on the indie feature KISS THE BRIDE (Alyssa Milano), now in its tenth year as a hit on Showtime, Lifetime, Starz and the CW. Parise followed this with her indie feature JACK AND JILL VS THE WORLD (Taryn Manning). She also directed the edgy PERFECT HIGH (Bella Thorne), earning huge numbers, as well as thrillers #POPFAN (Chelsea Kane) and STATUS UNKNOWN and the comedic UNAUTHORIZED BEVERLY HILLS 90210 STORY. As a writer, Vanessa has sold many spec features. She also sold a pilot script to Freeform and set up a pitch with Courtney Cox at ABCS.
Vanessa earned a 2016 Leo Nomination for Best Direction for Perfect High and a 2015 Leo Nomination for Best Direction for #Popfan. She was honored by Lifetime with their Broad Focus 2016 Top 5 Original Movies and by SheKnows as one of Ten Female Directors Breaking Stereotypes 2015.
Vanessa’s films have played at The Hamptons (win, Starfish Award Best Feature), SxSW (win), Cinequest (win, Best Feature), Montecarlo (win), New England (win), Newport (win), Torino (win), Rhode Island (win, Best Feature), Sarasota (win), Aspen Comedy, Boston, Breckenridge, and Rome.
Parise is a dual citizen of the US and Canada.
TELEVISION & FILM
• BEYOND – director – FREEFORM
• DRINK SLAY LOVE – director – LIFETIME
• JUST ADD MAGIC – director – AMAZON
• PERFECT HIGH – director – LIFETIME
• PROJECT MC2 – director – NETFLIX
• UNAUTHORIZED BEVERLY HILLS 90210 STORY – director – LIFETIME
• #POPFAN – director – LIFETIME
• HOME – director/ actor – NGN/UNIVERSAL
• THE NEW TWENTY (sold) – creator/ writer/ exec producer – FREEFORM
• JACK AND JILL VS THE WORLD – writer/ director/ producer/ actor – MILLENIUM
• KISS THE BRIDE – writer/ director/ producer/ actor – MGM
• LO AND JO – writer/ director/ producer/ actor – EMPERA
• HARVARD UNIVERSITY – Magna Cum Laude, accepted Harvard Medical School
• CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE THEATRE SCHOOL CONSERVATORY – Graduate
• SECOND CITY IMPROV CONSERVATORY – Graduate
• GLOBAL CINEMATOGRAPHY INSTITUTE PROGRAM – Graduate
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