Jasmine McGlade grew up in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, and England. She graduated from Harvard University in 2007. While still a student 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 ten best films of the year by The Village Voice, Film Comment, Time Out New York, and The Boston Phoenix, and one of the thirty best films of the year by The New York Times and The Boston Globe. 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.
In 2011 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 is currently developing Fencer, a feature film starring Zoe Saldana 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. 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 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, and currently serves on the board of directors for The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival alongside renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and award-winning filmmakers Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Matt Heineman, and Geralyn Dreyfous. Her other volunteer work has focused especially on LGBTQ and women's rights. Jasmine is committed to working for equality and inclusion. Jasmine is also the Senior Vice President of Content & Performance at content creation and connected fitness company Hydrow.
Outside of filmmaking Jasmine is known as a national champion fencer and four-time U.S. Cadet/Junior World Team member. She was voted one of Teen Magazine’s “Athletes of the Year,” has trained at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, 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.
Jasmine's other interests include music, nature, spirituality, feminism, social justice, sports, travel, and the love of her life: her son.
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
- Maya Angelou
"To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
- E.E. CUMMINGS