Jaydee
Sep 14, 2010 | 4498 views | 9 9 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From film festivals to television to YouTube, the work of Jaydee is all over New York screens. The filmmaker – a Queens native – has juggled roles as a director, producer, and writer in both film and broadcast. Her latest feature film, the 2008 documentary Flight 587 Honor, is still resonating today.

The movie focuses on the tragedy of Flight 587, a Dominican Republic-bound flight from JFK that crashed in Queens in November 2001.

“I felt compelled to tell that story because it seems like it was the ‘forgotten flight,’” said Jaydee, noting that the crash was the second worst aviation accident ever on U.S. soil, yet was barely publicized.

“Before I got into film and video, I worked for an airline for five years,” Jaydee said, explaining that her “keen interest” in aviation brought the story home.

Jaydee also produced One More Try, a 2006 short romantic comedy. Her feature film debut was in 2004, with Closure – a chronicle of mortifying dates.

Jaydee is the studio director at News 12 Long Island. On top of that, Jaydee freelances at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, is a freelance makeup artist, and has produced shows for Queens Public Access Television.

Now, Jaydee is taking her experience to the classroom. She recently began teaching video production at Voyages Preparatory High School in Elmhurst, where she works with students on filming and editing. Jaydee also aspires to produce more films.

“I’d like to recreate a historical event that took place on the Caribbean,” she said, but wouldn’t reveal any more details. While she has plenty of ideas, financing is always an issue.

Whatever job she’s tackling, Jaydee is content. “I love everything I do,” she said.

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Tommy & Darri
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September 23, 2010
Hey JayDee. Just want to add our dittos to all the wonderful comments you have received. Altho we couldn't make the showing in the Hamptons, I love your film Closure as well as your Flight 587 honor. You are so talented and diversified in what you are able to portray in your films. We wish you every success in your teaching. The children are truly blessed. Love. Tommy & Darri
Yvonne Morton
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September 21, 2010
Jaydee I am so proud of you!!! This is great article. It is so awesome that you are teaching. Continue to live your dream and spread all the incredible knowledge.
Yas!!
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September 20, 2010
Whoo Hoo!! It's great to love your passion so much that you're able to share and teach it!!
notjstanygirl
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September 20, 2010
Congrats Jaydee!!! M so glad that you are sticking with what you love. It is beautiful to also teach the children. I love guest speaking with the children about staying in school and I use the entertainment industry to keep their ears open. I keep saying we need more programs that let kids get a feel of different types of careers that are out there. Keep doing what you do your doing a great job.
Dawn Jones
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September 19, 2010
Kudo's to you Jaydee, love your work! I had a blast viewing "Closure" on beach @ Hamptons Black International Film Festival. Looking forward to seeing more of your films......
Sue Gilad
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September 19, 2010
Brava, JD! I want to see all those films... Merrily, Sue
Josie Jensen
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September 19, 2010
Wow!! Great article Jill. Am so proud of you. Hope someone helps with finances. Keep Frank in mind for help on set.
Remy de Laroque
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September 18, 2010
Great article, JD need to be recognized,

she is truly supporting the arts, and is

a dedicated and gifted artist herself.

thank you!
Chiffonade
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September 18, 2010
I think someone needs to dump a whole truckload of money into Jill's hands so she can continue her great film work. Spread the word!