Highly Evolved Productions is an in-house production company focused on producing film and television that disrupts the status quo and invites you to sit down at the table to have an open discussion on how we connect.
WHO WE ARE
Janelle Renee Pearson is a native Texan, turned Californian, turned New Yorker, leading her to graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied under Alec Baldwin and was an assistant to Delroy Lindo and a lead in his MainStage production of Oo-Bla-Dee. Before graduating from college, Janelle was invited to be apart of the international tour for Trey Anthony’s Da’ Kink in My Hair as a company lead. After receiving her BFA, Ms. Pearson moved back to her home of Los Angeles and began her West Coast acting career – appearing on stage alongside the likes of Obba Babatunde, Richard Lawson and Aloma Wright, in television both scripted and unscripted, and appearing on MTV, the FYI Network and GSN.
Janelle got her start behind the camera by interning at West Hollywood’s CAZT studios. There, she assisted casting directors like Fern Champion, Chadwick Struck and Kelli Lerner. Working as a Camera PA and Media Assistant with the Defend Our Future Organization alongside Bruce Cole and under the direction of Michael Skolnik, Janelle expanded her knowledge and passion for production. Years of experience, both in front of and behind the camera, led Janelle to writing, producing and acting in her first short film, The Untimely End of Ms. Xiang, which has been nominated and won an award for “Best Short” in the Orlando Urban Film Festival, as well as “Best Short” in the online LA based Variety Film Festival. This film has been accepted into 4 additional film festivals, including the Pan African and San Diego Black Film Festival and will continue its run in the festival circuit during 2017.
Co-Founder/ Production Manager
Sophie Labelle was born and raised in Canada and is a graduate of NYU where she studied drama and gender and sexual studies. She is also a trained dancer and singer. Sophie is an actress and producer, known for The Saggy Saddle (2014), The Ones Above (2016) and The Groundskeeper (2015). She enjoys productive debates, Chelsea Handler and small twinkly lights.
No Chill is a short web series about your girls, Janelle and Sophie fucking shit up with intention.
THE UNTIMELY END OF MS. XIANG
Lincoln Belmont travels to interview for a prestigious prep-med program and gets a crash course in bedside manner when she hits James, a local nurse practitioner, with her car. Lincoln gets two for the price of one when she discovers that James lives with the patient he's currently caring for, Jun Xiang, a 73 year old woman dying of cancer. Will this twist of fate set Lincoln up for her future? Or will the pressure get to her?
Up to date The Untimely End of Ms. Xiang has shown at 7 festivals, including, the Pan African Film Festival, The Hollywood Black Film Festival and The Manly Short Film Festival. The Untimely has won two Women In Film Best Short Awards from The Variety Film Festival and the Orlando Urban Film Festival.
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You can see an upcoming showing of The Untimely End of Ms. Xiang at the San Diego Black Film Festival, 1:30pm April 28th.
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