Ordinary women with
extraordinary stories.

Simple Jane Films is a media company founded on one solid mission: bring people together through stories that inspire positive change. Ashley Bratcher and Shelby Thomas joined forces to provide a launching pad for other Simple Janes, everyday women making a difference in the world. Both Ashley and Shelby serve as consultants for projects from script to screen. SJF specializes in content development, team-building, and distribution strategy.

Meet the Simple Janes

Ashley Bratcher | CEO

CEO of Simple Jane Films, award winning actress, producer, and star of the box office hit, Unplanned. Ashley is a Campbell University Bachelor of Arts cum laude graduate, and a Notre Dame Vita Institute Alumni. She has worked in the film industry for over a decade with 40+ film and television credits to her name. In addition to her work on screen, Ashley is dedicated to using her platform to encourage positive change. Her philanthropic efforts include founding a scholarship fund to provide financial and material assistance to mothers seeking to continue their education.

Jessica Vara | Executive Assistant

Jessica is a versatile artist with a BBA from Belmont University. Her creative journey extends across various facets of entertainment, crafting compelling stories both in performance and behind the scenes. Beyond the entertainment world, Jessica's adventurous spirit has led her to over 20 countries. Through her travels, she has discovered the profound influence of narrative on our worldviews and personal connections. She is deeply passionate about inspiring others by bridging cultures and hearts through the transformative power of storytelling.

Shelby Thomas | PR

Shelby is a publicist and branding strategist as well as an associate producer at Simple Jane Films. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Business Studies and has built a global network, working with major international media outlets. Shelby’s credits include associate producing on HGTV’s Bargain Mansions and Small Town Christmas for UPtv.

Projects in Development


Based on the true story of Dr. Frances Kelsey. In 1960, a courageous young doctor is thrown into a world where Big Pharma pulls the strings. When she takes a job with the FDA in the heart of Washington D.C., she must hunt for the truth to save the lives of thousands, fighting to keep a life-threatening drug off the market.

Like I'm Dying

Given two weeks to live, a jingle writer sets out on an adventure prompted by her ex to do all the things she put off to climb the corporate ladder.

The Merrytime Matchmaker

A world traveling bachelor receives a desperate plea to come home for the holidays and gets more than the Christmas gift he bargained for. He must take over as the quaint surf town's infamous matchmaker to make a match before Christmas.

Submission Policy

Simple Jane Films does NOT accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions or material other than those we have specifically requested or solicited.
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