Tessa Bell is the producer of “Life Inside Out,” a Kickstarter financed independent film that has won top awards at festivals across the US. Prior to this success, she produced “Bipolar,” a thriller starring Beatrice Rosen, Emma Bell and Andrew Howard, directed by Jean Veber, which had a world premiere in Paris in Sept 015 at the Paris Arts Festival. She co-produced two short films: “This Is The Story of Ted and Alice,” starring Melissa Leo , and “Bolero” both of which were selections at Cannes Cinefondation.
Tessa Bell began her career in media at CBS Sixty Minutes and the CBS Evening News. She worked at CBS in New York until the arrival of her daughter, Emma Bell, which precipitated the choice not to return to CBS, whereupon she built Infinity Films & Video, Inc. a film and video company producing for Fortune 500 companies, as well as more inspiring entertainment in the form of short children’s films.
In the mid-nineties, Infinity Films turned a corner and began producing live off Broadway cabaret shows until Sept 11, 2001, when New York’s theatrical industry came to a screeching halt and precipitated the decision to move to Los Angeles to produce feature films.
"The Legend," a tentpole screenplay with a massive heroine, has been lurking in her mind since 1975 when she read about the myth of a female Pope in the Encyclopedia Brittanica. When gender parity and the need for strong women's stories became cultural imperatives, the story bubbled back up, and a framework for it's telling as a legend (and not a fact) allowed Tessa to re-imagine the tale as a grand myth, a Braveheart drama, of what it costs to be the most powerful woman on earth.
Tessa is also the Chairman of the WIF LA Public Service Announcement Production Program, which creates free PSA's for local and national charities while training women in the art and craft of writing, directing and producing.