bio

Jesse grew up in art classes. He was drawing and painting from before he can remember. By high school his love of visual arts grew to include printmaking, graphic design and photography, leading to national recognition. When he was 20, Jesse discovered filmmaking. Soon after, he dropped all other pursuits, becoming immersed in the world behind the lens.

Since then Jesse’s work has focused on the transformative power of images. His commercial works have earned four Emmy Awards, and his documentary work has garnered a national News and Documentary Emmy nomination. Many of his projects have appeared in festivals all over the world including Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes.

Jesse has always been drawn to filmmaking that inspires change. Among his other projects, he has spent 8-years co-producing and shooting, Life After Life, a documentary on the impact of mass incarceration. This work led him to co-found a film school in San Quentin Prison and a pilot program that empowers at-risk youth with filmmaking tools in Oakland California.