Jamie Sisley - Filmmaker


Jamie Sisley is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker based in rural Virginia. Jamie recently wrote and directed Stay Awake, a narrative feature film that premiered at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival, where it won the AG Kino Gilde Auteur Award and was Honorable Mention for the Crystal Bear. Starring Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Wyatt Oleff (“IT,” Netflix’s “I Am Not Okay With This,” Apple’s “City on Fire”), and Fin Argus (“Queer As Folk,” “The Other Two”), Stay Awake is a personal exploration of the roller coaster ride that families go on while trying to help their loved ones battle addiction. The feature is based off a short film of the same name that Jamie also wrote and directed. The short premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, won both the National Board of Review Film Prize and Slamdance Grand Jury Prize, and played over 120 film festivals around the world.

In addition, Jamie received an Emmy Nomination for his feature documentary, Farewell Ferris Wheel. The film won the Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute, received an Imagen nomination for the positive portrayal of Latinos in entertainment, and was nationally broadcast on PBS and Netflix.

Jamie’s work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, SFFILM, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, ITVS, and The Smithsonian Institute. Prior to film, Jamie was an artist manager in the music industry at Red Light Management.