Jo Rochelle is a writer and director from Minneapolis, based in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an alumnus of Teach for America (Mississippi Delta). With Issa Rae Productions, she created and directed Black Student Union (BSU). She is also the creator and director of the digital series, Dorm Therapy and Max Compact. Jo has written on several series for Black&Sexy TV. Her short film, Sirens, premiered at the Oscar-qualifying 27th annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and was nominated for Best Narrative Short. Jo was selected as one of six filmmakers in the 2019 Tisch OTHER showcase: an interdisciplinary showcase of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts alumni with a focus on diverse artists whose voices are underrepresented in the television industry.
In 2018 and 2017, she was a quarter-finalist (top 4%) for NBC's Writer's on the Verge.
Jo is drawn to stories about teenagers coming of age and ordinary women thrown into extraordinary circumstances.
A mermaid is asked to use her gift of persuasion to help a woman forget the pain of her son’s death after he was killed by a police officer.
World Premiere at the 27th Annual Pan African Film Festival. Nominated for Best Narrative Short.