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Jill D'Agnenica

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Jill D'Agnenica is an American film director, editor, and visual artist. Her directorial debut was the independent film, Life Inside Out starring Maggie Baird and Finneas O’Connell. D’Agnenica won the Crystal Heart Award for Best Feature at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival for Life Inside Out, and was nominated for the ReelWomenDirect Award at the 2014 Cleveland International Film Festival.


D’Agnenica received her MFA in Visual Art from the Claremont Graduate School, focusing on conceptual and installation art. Her early piece “Angels” was created in response to the Los Angeles Civil Unrest in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating trial. Starting on the first anniversary of the unrest, and continuing for the next 18 months, D’Agnenica and 150 volunteers placed 4,687 bright magenta angels throughout the city of Los Angeles (10 per square mile) to be “happened upon” by passers-by with the hope that the experience of seeing an angel - and even more important, as word got out, the act of looking for an angel – would remind each person of their place within the City of Angels.[1] [2]

D’Agnenica’s work as a director includes film, television, PSAs, art and music videos and concerts.

Her tragi-comic absurdist short, A Dog’s Story, had its genesis with a series of humorous sculptures that her friend and frequent collaborator artist Margaret Adachi did of unhappy and angry pooches in dead end jobs.

Told in the style of an ultra low tech Ted Talk, an old dog contemplates his bleak future after being laid off from his security job. It won “Most Original Concept” at the Portland Comedy Film Festival in 2018.


D’Agnenica directed the penultimate episode of Freeform’s Switched at Birth, The Wolf is Waiting (2017), “How Far Does a Dollar Go?” (2015), a series of humorous PSAs for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and art and music videos and concerts.


D’Agnenica edits prime-time television as well as independent features, music videos, and shorts. Her television credits include Big Sky ABC, Ordinary Joe NBC, Creepshow Shudder, Party of Five Freeform, How to Get Away with Murder ABC, Lucifer FOX, Pretty Little Liars Freeform, Switched at Birth Freeform, Undercovers NBC, Hollywood Heights Nickelodeon, and The Division Lifetime.


D’Agnenica was a director in the Disney | ABC Directing Program 2016-2018 and the CBS Directors Initiative 2019-2021. She has moderated panels for Slamdance, Phoenix Film Festival, the SAG/Aftra Foundation and the DGA Women’s Steering Committee, among others. She has also taught Master Classes at the Motion Picture Editors Guild. She is a member Film Independent, Film Fatales, The Alliance of Women Directors, American Cinema Editors (ACE), and the Directors Guild of America. [6]

Life Inside Out[edit]

When a mother returns to her musical roots, she rediscovers the passion of her youth, and finds a way to connect with her troubled youngest son.


Life Inside was directed by Jill D'Agnenica and written by Maggie Baird and Lori Nasso and stars Baird, Finneas O'Connell, David Cowgill, Nasso, William Dennis Hunt, and Goh Nakamura. The film premiered in competition at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival winning both the Crystal Heart Award for Narrative Feature and Best Premiere. It went on to screen at 20 more film festivals, winning 15 awards.[8] After a limited theatrical run in 2014 it was released on DVD and VOD on April 21, 2015 by Monarch Home Video.[3] In 2022, Life Inside Out was re-released by Vertical Entertainment across streaming platforms including Amazon, Apple+, Redbox, and Google Play.

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times Film Critic , called Life Inside Out “a gentle, poignant drama whose heart and head are squarely in the right place” with “tender direction by Jill D’Agnenica” [9]


  1. Wood, Daniel B. (March 2, 1994). "In The City of Angels, An Artist Lifts Spirits With Red Cherubs". Retrieved August 31, 2023.
  2. Gibbs, Nancy (December 27, 1993). "Angels Among Us".
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