With her directorial debut Come Simi, Jenica Bergere has been named the Winner of Best Filmed Screenplay at 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (HRIFF) showcasing the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking. Come Simi premieres at LA LIVE on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:30pm as part of the Hollywood Reel Film Festival.
Jenica Bergere began her career as a stand up comedienne becoming a paid regular at The Comedy Store as well as the Improv when she was barely old enough to vote. Bergere credits Russell Simmons for discovering and representing her as the only “crazy white girl” on his Def Jam slate. Since then she has continued to hone her craft becoming an accomplished writer, actress, comedienne and now award winning director with her feature film Come Simi for which Bergere co-wrote the screenplay with Doc Pedrolie (2010 Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting). Filmed ‘guerilla style’ in only 6 days, Bergere brought the film in for $10,000 and sites being a micro budget filmmaker as something she actually enjoyed. Distributors have called the film “brave”, a word that also defines Bergere as a director. Willing to take risks and do whatever it takes to get the desired results, Bergere brought her camera crew into the hospital room to film her labor and delivery, ensuring the shots were captured as she envisioned, directing everyone all the whilst.
2015 is proving to be an amazing year for Bergere. In addition to Come Simi, Jenica has a recurring role on the fifth season of the hit drama Shameless, playing the neighbor “Tall Lisa”.
Bergere will play key character Sheila Delacroix, in Bosch written by Michael Connely and premiering February 13, 2015 on Amazon.
Also, Bergere stars in the winner of the Best Film Award at LA Comedy Film Festival, All Stars, as well as a the new independent film Love is All You Need slated to come out later this year.
In 2014, Bergere appeared on ABC’s The Trophy Wife in the recurring role of ‘Helene the neighbor’.
Jenica is an accomplished actress, writer, and comedienne who has grown to be respected for her wit, experience and talent. Having had series regular roles on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX in comedies and with an extensive resume in both film and television drama, before this year, she was perhaps best known and beloved by fans of the Drew Carey Show for her recurring role for two seasons as “Sharon, his plumber girlfriend”, made memorable by a tool belt striptease. 2012 saw Bergere garner her best reviews as an actress with her co-starring role in Safety Not Guaranteed, a Sundance 2012 winner. (“A lovely Jenica Bergere”-Variety, “A charismatic Jenica Bergere”-Daily Herald, “A refreshingly grounded Jenica Bergere”-Film Forward) and earned her nominations for the 2012 Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Performance and Independent Film Spirit Awards.
As a writer, Jenica has created a niche with a unique story telling point of view that is both urbane and seemingly off the cuff. As a solo show artist and teacher, she found she could combine and utilize all her talents in both comedy and drama to begin to create opportunities. Her one-woman show You Can Eat Me opened and played to sell out houses at the Comedy Central Stage and the Acme Comedy Theatre. Her based-on-real life accounting of her marriage and relentless quest for fame was immediately sold and developed as a sitcom to NICK AT NITE, created by Jenica Bergere and Jonathan Stark (According to Jim), produced by Piller Segan Shephard (GREEK, HAVEN).
Jenica is represented by Innovative Artists and Luber Roklin Management.