Outside of her directing work, Jessica is from a large, tight-knit Italian family (many of which can be seen in her video, The Ballad of Chicken McGann). She is a wife, an aunt, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, a niece, and a friend. She has completed two marathons (Chicago in 2006 and NYC in 2013) and a half marathon (Brooklyn, 2014) and would totally do a triathalon, (if only the swimming portion could be replaced by horseback riding). For a time she was learning to fly single-engine Cessna planes and is looking forward to the time in her life when she’ll be able to get back in the air. In the meantime, she’ll get the adrenaline rush from her directing, because nothing gets your heart racing quite so much as managing a cast and crew and shooting on location.