Jessica Edwards has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer, and publicist. Her first feature-length documentary, Mavis!, about soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers, premiered on HBO in February 2016. Her award-winning debut documentary short Seltzer Works premiered at SxSW and was broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2010. As a publicist, she’s worked with filmmakers Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, The Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Miranda July, and Sofia Coppola, among others. Her films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, IDFA, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. Jessica was named one of Variety’s “10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch” in 2015.