|Born||Jody Rae Thompson
13 August 1976
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Other names||Jody Rae Marchfelder|
Thompson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to mother Grace Diane and father, Ray Thompson, the lead singer of Canadian garage rock band The Wiggy Symphony. Her ancestry is Inuit, Irish and Danish. Thompson is married to Canadian filmmaker Bruce Marchfelder, who is also the Creative Director of UBC Studios at the University of British Columbia. The couple regularly work as a Producing/Directing team with several projects aired on CBC or Telus Optik.
She is widely known for her regularly recurring character Devon Moore on the USA network’s television series The 4400, but is also recognized as the warrior queen Azura in the television series Flash Gordon and in other recurring television roles including Blade: The Series, Terminal City, and Cold Squad and television appearances, including roles on Fringe, Andromeda, Stargate, Smallville and Supernatural.
She has acted in leading and starring roles in feature films and MOW’s like Perfect Little Angels, Fear of Flying, also Mission to Mars, Shanghai Noon, 2012 among others. She has co-starred with Eric McCormack in X-Files producer Bob Goodwin's independent film Alien Trespass and played David Arquette's wife in the made-for-television movie, Happy Face Killer.
Thompson optioned her feature comedy, Loons, to Obsidian Media. It is currently in development with Producer Brad Van Arragon (Juno) attached.
Also in development is a children's half-hour television series and the miniseries, The Untitled Aklavik Project. Research and development phase for Aklavik, was provided by The Canada Council for the Arts. It is an hour-long drama with supernatural elements, based on true events and inspired by experiences related to aspects of Thompson's indigenous heritage.
Thompson also works consistently as a writer/director.
Her recent short My Dear Children, about a dying woman's final letter to her children, was a Platinum Winner at the AVA International Digital Communication Awards.
Her semi-autobiographical experimental film, Will of the Wisp, underscoring a young woman's struggle with her history of sexual abuse in a society that places high value on sexual attractiveness, received a special screening at the US Women in Psychology Conference, a Leo Award, Special Jury Prize at the Portland International Short-Short Film Festival and the Legacy Award, Women in Film Festival Vancouver. The film was funded by The Canada Council for the Arts. Thompson describes it as, "a silent film that speaks through a series of post-structuralist and surrealist signifiers in conversation."
The triptych of shorts Ms. Thompson wrote and directed titled, Alyssa, about a young woman coming to terms with her diagnosis and undergoing chemo, thereby forfeiting her ability to have children, was acknowledged as an outstanding initiative by the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. It stars Rhonda Dent and Gabrielle Rose of The Sweet Hereafter.
She is the President of Little Wolf Productions – a production company dedicated to the creation of film and video artworks that endeavor to relieve social injustice and advance a message of hope, mercy and reconciliation. Some projects include:
Great Bear, (doc 18 min). In partnership with Telus Optik and Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Nations. A Coastal First Nations led collaboration with researchers from leading academic universities provides remarkable insights into the importance of bears and other keystone species to the ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest. Director/Cinematographer, Bruce Marchfelder.
Spirit Bear, (doc 15 min). In partnership with Telus Optik. Discover how the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation is revitalizing their community and demonstrating how sustainable practices can succeed economically, environmentally and culturally. Available on Vimeo.
Montaña de Luz, (doc 45 min). It is an uplifting story about a Honduran orphanage that cares for children living with HIV. The film premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and was Winner of the Heartland Film Festival's Crystal Heart Award (an award which "honors filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life").
|1999||Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying||Stacey|
|2002||Deadly Little Secrets||Stacy|
|2007||Will of the Wisp||Nora||Short film|
|2010||30 Days of Night: Dark Days||Lena||Video|
|1997||Breaker High||Jenny||"That Lip-Synching Feeling"|
|1997||Death Game||Tori||TV film|
|1998||Perfect Little Angels||Justine Freedman||TV film|
|1999||Cold Feet||Valerie||"Girls' Night Out, Boys' Night In"|
|1999||Viper||Rita Brooks||"Of Course, It's a Miracle"|
|1999||Don't Look Behind You||Mary||TV film|
|2000||Secret Agent Man||Ellen||"Supernaked"|
|2001||Big Sound||Sherry||"New Dog, Old Tricks"|
|2001||UC: Undercover||Mona||"City on Fire"|
|2001||Special Unit 2||Heather||"The Beast"|
|2002||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Stacey Gilmore||1 episode|
|2003||Just Cause||Kim Dayton||"Dying to Be Thin"|
|2003||Andromeda||Azazel||"Point of the Spear"|
|2003||John Doe||Cara||"Shock to the System"|
|2003||Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster, AA Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster||Amy||TV film|
|2004||Cold Squad||Carmen Janega||"Girlfriend in a Closet"|
|2005||Cold Squad||Carmen Janega||"Mr. Bad Example"|
|2005||Terminal City||Tamara||TV miniseries|
|2005-2007||4400, TheThe 4400||Devon Moore||Recurring role|
|2006||Killer Instinct||Karin||"She's the Bomb"|
|2006||Blade: The Series||Glynnis||"The Evil Within", "Sacrifice", "Turn of the Screw"|
|2006||In Her Mother's Footsteps||Gina Byrnes||TV film|
|2006||Secrets of Comfort House, TheThe Secrets of Comfort House||Missy||TV film|
|2007||Painkiller Jane||Vivian Nash||"The League"|
|2007||Perfect Child||Monica||TV film|
|2007||Flash Gordon||Azura||"Secrets and Lies"|
|2008||Flash Gordon||Azura||"Revolution: Part 2"|
|2010||Trace of Danger, AA Trace of Danger||Jenna||TV film|
|2011||Fringe||Sara Downey||"Concentrate and Ask Again"|
|2011||Sanctuary||Fallon||"Pax Romana", "Into the Black", "Uprising"|
|2011||R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series||Marla
|"Scary Mary: Parts 1 & 2"
|2012||How to Fall in Love||Claire Russell||TV film|
|2014||Happy Face Killer||Cora Jesperson||TV film|
|2014||Signed, Sealed, Delivered||Karyn||"Dark of Night"|
|2014||Heavenly Match||Marjorie Cline||TV film|
|2014||Christmas Shepherd, TheThe Christmas Shepherd||Beth||TV film|
|2015||Watch Your Back||Louise Hampshire||TV film|
|2015||Motive||Bridget Vinton||"Pilot Error"|