Film / TV

In addition to his advertising/commercial work, writer/director Chuck Jessen has a number of film & television projects in various stages of development. A few of them are listed below. Contact Jessen to inquire about partnership and/or investment opportunities in these or any future projects.

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Television Projects

 

Hope Valley
by Chuck Jessen

One-hour TV Drama Pilot:  A former Air Force pilot, JOSH, and his wife, SUE, a high-tech attorney, attempt to reconcile after years of separation and rebuild their life with their three children by relocating to a cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Despite their differences — he’s a born-again Christian; she, a resolute atheist — the family remains united in their common purpose, forging a new life together as they struggle to make a living in this remote and unfamiliar environment. Aviation plays a key role in Hope Valley as Josh is able to augment his income by flying charter flights and search-and-rescue missions in the mountains.

 

Spacious Skies
by Chuck Jessen

Half-hour TV/Web Drama Pilot:  An Afghanistan war veteran and amputee, now a fugitive from military justice, takes off on a motorcycle across the United States, hoping to clear his name by tracking down members of his former Army squad who committed the crime for which he has been wrongly charged. Each episode leads him to another town in pursuit of these men, and the truth of what really happened the day he was wounded in Afghanistan.

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Film Projects

 

Clutter PosterClutter
by Chuck Jessen

Feature Screenplay, Family Drama:  A forced estate sale at the old family home of 56 years unleashes a firestorm of emotion across three generations and sets the stage for the final showdown between the elderly patriarch and his wife’s obstinate love for her first husband, who died in the War many years before. The sale becomes a catalyst for change leaving no one unaffected.

Clutter is a complex story examining how we are often ruled by the cumulative baggage of our lives: the emotional, the material, and the linkage of both.

 

 

 

 

Category Six
by Chuck Jessen

Feature Screenplay, Drama:  Three ex-cons attempt a jewelry heist during a hurricane and  get more than they bargained for. A hurricane twice its forecasted strength and four unplanned hostages complicate the heist creating chaos and infighting during this collective struggle for survival .

 

Rusty Cannon
by Chuck Jessen

Feature Screenplay, Comedy: The plot by a group of half-wit, would-be terrorists to fire a missile at the Nation’s capitol on Independence Day is thwarted when the remote site they chose for a staging area turns out to also be the reenactment site of a little-known Civil War battle. Once the plot is discovered, small groups of both Union and Confederate re-enactors – mostly out-of-shape, middle-aged locals must join forces and battle the plot conspirators with the antiquated weaponry available to them.

 

Spion Für DeutschlandAgent 146: A Spy For Germany
by Chuck Jessen

Documentary Film (Pre-production): The true story of WWII German spy Erich Gimpel, who at age 36, was sent to America by Nazi Germany on a secret mission in late ’44 to get information on the Manhattan Project — the development of the world’s first atomic bomb. Along with a colleague, Gimpel was rowed ashore from a German U-boat submarine near Bar Harbor, Maine, the night of November 29th, 1944, then made his way down to New York City by train.

Gimpel was captured in New York over a month later, the result of the largest manhunt in FBI history. His trial in early ‘45 became the subject of great national interest. Convicted and sentenced to death, Gimpel was just two days away from hanging when FDR’s sudden death led to a stay on all executions for one month of National mourning. A month later, Gimpel’s life was again spared when the war in Europe ended. President Truman ordered him to prison rather than execute him.

Erich Gimpel & Chuck Jessen. Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 2010 Erich Gimpel & Chuck Jessen.
Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 2010

After serving 10 years in Alcatraz and other US prisons, Gimpel was released and repatriated to Germany in 1955, where he published the account of his experiences in the book “Spion Für Deutschland” (English version: “Spy for Germany”). This book was made into a movie, with the same title, in Germany in 1959. Scenes from that movie will be included in this documentary as well as newsreel footage of Gimpel after his capture, and an interview with Erich Gimpel, by Jessen, recorded August 17, 2010, in Brazil just two weeks before his death at age 100.

 

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