The movie focuses on the tragedy of Flight 587, a Dominican Republic-bound flight from JFK that crashed in Queens in November 2001.
“I felt compelled to tell that story because it seems like it was the ‘forgotten flight,’” said Jaydee, noting that the crash was the second worst aviation accident ever on U.S. soil, yet was barely publicized.
“Before I got into film and video, I worked for an airline for five years,” Jaydee said, explaining that her “keen interest” in aviation brought the story home.
Jaydee also produced One More Try, a 2006 short romantic comedy. Her feature film debut was in 2004, with Closure – a chronicle of mortifying dates.
Jaydee is the studio director at News 12 Long Island. On top of that, Jaydee freelances at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, is a freelance makeup artist, and has produced shows for Queens Public Access Television.
Now, Jaydee is taking her experience to the classroom. She recently began teaching video production at Voyages Preparatory High School in Elmhurst, where she works with students on filming and editing. Jaydee also aspires to produce more films.
“I’d like to recreate a historical event that took place on the Caribbean,” she said, but wouldn’t reveal any more details. While she has plenty of ideas, financing is always an issue.
Whatever job she’s tackling, Jaydee is content. “I love everything I do,” she said.