Why Through The Wilderness?
We’re two writers who came together to focus on creative development and co-production. We emphasize collaboration by honoring each team members’ talent contribution. We value people and product equally.
All the projects we work on have this one main theme in common - making it Through the Wilderness.
Sometimes we seek the darkness to face our demons, allow a part of ourselves to die, and find our light. Through it all, we enter the dreamtime through the camera lens, to experience different worlds, and walk in strangers’ shoes.
Moving through the wilderness means we don’t have to conquer or destroy it. All we need is to see it, understand it, and get through it. No matter how deep the woods, how dark the skies, we forge our paths and move forward in hopes of finding peaceful respite in a cedar grove with the sun poking through the branches warming our skin.
PETER PARSHALL JENSEN is a screenwriter, playwright, educator, and consultant originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota via Scandinavian, Abenaki, Colonial English, and Czech roots.
As a former professional stage actor, Peter creates character-driven stories that explore cracks in the universe here on earth. Theater works include award-winning Vision’s Tale, Who Killed Whitey?, and Kenwood Wilderness. He has numerous film and television projects in development, including feature film Caridad, an Ameri-Cuban romantic fantasy, and television series Land of Lakes, a family crime drama.
Peter is former Artistic Director of Infinity Star Productions, an experimental theater company. During his tenure, he spent six months in residency with UNEAC (Cuban Artists and Writers Union) in Havana, where he partnered with the Music Beyond All Borders Project to create new work.
Peter has over ten years of experience as a teaching artist for youth and adults and has served as a creative consultant for a diverse array of small businesses. He holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from California Institute of the Arts, and a BA in Environmental Justice from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he graduated with highest honors.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and visits his daughter Laneebird and the rest of his family as often as he can.
STACEY PARSHALL JENSEN is a vibrant Mixed Blood screenwriter whose stories overflow with dramatic tension of dynamic relationships of the flawed who find their strength, heal their wounds, and triumph. Her artistic mission is to tell the stories that often go unheard and her character-driven dramas allow her to do that.
She’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, Black and a wee bit German living creatively in Los Angeles by way of Minnesota. She tells stories through multiple cultural lenses. And is a very proud mama, wife, creative coach and birth advocate.
She holds a Screenwriting MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts, a Creative Writing MFA from Hamline University and an Interdisciplinary Child Social Policy MLS from the U of MN. She is a fierce women and children’s advocate.
As a Film Independent 2011 Project Involve Fellow, her short, “High Card Trumps”, screened at multiple festivals including Urbanworld in New York City, LA Skins in Los Angeles, GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C. and world premiered at the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia where it won the best actress award for the role of Dahab, who is now the focus of the feature length story, “Waiting For Sam”, a year in an American life about a Pakistani Muslim American mother whose son is taken captive in Afghanistan while serving in the US Army.
She’s developing her second female-driven television pilot, Rockheart, about a cop solving the mystery of her own childhood to save the lives of abducted children. Her feature “Shipside” an urban ghost story about slavery is in story development, and her newest feature “Coastin on E” is an exploration of family secrets, alcoholism and adolescent lies that are not too far from the truth.
When not writing, she studies movies and television, reads trashy crime novels and looks forward to the day that she and her hus-b, Peter, can make a film with their daughter, Lanee Bird, a visual artist graduate of SFAI. And she’s happy that she finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up.