Jasmine McGlade grew up in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, and England. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies: Film/Video. At just twenty years old, Jasmine produced Oscar® winning writer-director Damien Chazelle's critically acclaimed feature-length jazz musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, starring famed trumpeter Jason Palmer. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009, won the Special Jury Prize at the Torino Film Festival, was nominated for a Gotham Award, and was released in theaters the next year to rave reviews. It was named one of the best films of the year by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Film Comment, Time Out New York, and The Boston Phoenix. Jasmine and Damien worked together creatively for ten years on everything from writer-for-hire jobs to original screenplays they co-wrote. Jasmine was a key figure in the development and production of Chazelle's Oscar® winning film Whiplash, and was an Executive Producer on La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, which was nominated for a record holding 14 Oscars®. La La Land won six Academy Awards® and seven Golden Globes, the most number of wins for a film in Globes history. Jasmine loves music and has been involved with other music- related projects as well, including directing music videos.
Jasmine directed Maria My Love, an independent feature film which she also wrote starring Independent Spirit Award nominee Judy Marte (Raising Victor Vargas) and Golden Globe winner and Oscar® nominee Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces). The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best U.S. Feature at HBO’s New York International Latino Film Festival among other awards. It was named one of Indiewire’s Indies to Watch, and Film Comment’s Amy Taubin called it “real and surprising…an auspicious narrative debut.” Awards Daily wrote, “Judy Marte is remarkable,” and Film Journal International called Karen Black’s performance “incredible…a genuine, even astonishing star turn.” The Denver Post declared that “Maria My Love promises a filmmaker with a steady and deep appreciation of character,” while MTV’s Michael Lopez wrote: “Jasmine McGlade has a very bright Hollywood future ahead of her.”
Jasmine has been screenwriting since 2003, and has a number of film and television projects in development. Including Fencer, a feature film which she wrote and will direct about a hard-charging female athlete who faces personal demons and childhood rivals as she vies for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team. The script is inspired by Jasmine’s personal experiences as a champion fencer. Fencer aims, among other things, to depict the intensity of fencing and the pressures of competition, as well as exploring mental health in the world of elite sports. The film both celebrates dedication and perseverance, and explores the deleterious effects of approval seeking and getting one's worth solely from achievement. Jasmine was selected to workshop the project as part of Film Independent's Director's Lab.
Jasmine is grateful for the many other volunteer, creative, and leadership opportunities she's been afforded, including speaking on panels at film festivals and guest lecturing at universities. She has been a juror at Denver Film Festival among other festivals. Jasmine has served in leadership and board positions at Harvard University women's organizations and centers. Jasmine has also been the Senior Vice President of Content & Performance at content creation and connected fitness company Hydrow, which included directing content for Hydrow. Jasmine currently serves on the board of directors of nonprofit Circuit Arts, the umbrella organization that includes The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, Cinema Circus, Circuit Films, and The Vineyard's Drive In. Circuit Arts celebrates diverse artists and thinkers through events, education, and film production. The organization seeks to cultivate film's power to transform lives, connect community, and strengthen the cultural health of Martha’s Vineyard and beyond. Jasmine serves on the board alongside renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and award-winning filmmakers/creatives Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Matt Heineman, Mark Cronin, Jim Warner, Patty Favreau, and Geralyn Dreyfous. Jasmine's other volunteer work has focused especially on mental health, and LGBTQIA and women's rights. Jasmine is passionate about social justice, and working for equality and inclusion. She also serves on the Harvard Fencing Advisory Board.
As an athlete, Jasmine is known as a national champion fencer and four-time U.S. Cadet/Junior World Team member. She was named one of Teen Magazine’s “Athletes of the Year,” has trained at the US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as an official training partner to the US Modern Pentathlon team, is an NCAA All-American athlete, and has won the Junior Olympics. She has a variety of national and international gold medals under her belt, such as Heidenheim Cadet World Cup, and the Div 1A U.S. National Championships. While at Harvard Jasmine helped her team win the NCAA Championship title, the first in Harvard fencing history. She has also earned numerous medals from U.S. National Championships and North American Cups.
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
- Maya Angelou