Jac Schaeffer is a writer/director living in Venice Beach, California. Her debut feature, a charming and original sci-fi romantic comedy called TiMER, premiered to sold out shows at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. After a successful domestic and international festival run, TiMER had a limited theatrical engagement in New York and Los Angeles in April 2010, premiered on Netflix in June of 2010 and will air on Showtime through the winter of 2011.
While earning her MFA in Film Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Jac established her reputation for offbeat material such as the comedic short AVA ELDERBERRY (2003) about a woman who wakes up with a tree growing out of her ear. Jac also produced FOSTER STORIES (2003), an acclaimed short subject documentary about foster children aging out of the system. After graduating from USC, she spent two years assisting a successful executive producer at ABC Television and was involved in the development, production and broadcast of the primetime shows LIFE AS WE KNOW IT and IN JUSTICE. As a freelance writer, Jac contributed to a series of humorous novelty books including How to Get Fat and How to Go into Debt.
Before relocating to Los Angeles for film school in 2001, Jac lived in New York, collaborating with the Off Broadway theater troupe Synapse Productions on their revival of MACHINAL and interning at Double A Films during production of their film SECRETARY. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University where she was a big theater dork. Jac is represented by CAA and has several writing and directing projects in development.