About Jesse

Originally from Tampa, Florida Jesse enlisted in the US Army at age 17 and was deployed on a peacekeeping mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. After the military he attended the University of Florida, majoring in scenic design. He transferred to the University of California Santa Barbara where he graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance and a BA Equivalent in Stage Directing.

After graduating college he moved to Bangkok, Thailand where he performed and directed for an English-speaking theater company. He left Thailand and moved to San Francisco where he worked at the MAGIC THEATER and was the production manager for the 2003-2004 season, which included the world premier of Dr. Faustus, written and directed by David Mamet. Jesse then moved to New York where he was awarded one of two directing residencies at the prestigious Off Broadway Theater, PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS. He has directed and performed in over 40 theatrical productions across the world.

He began working in film in the art and visual effects departments on features such as COLD SOULS and ASYLUM SEEKERS. He went on to work as an account producer at the advertising agency, Digitas, working on national commercials and web spots for various brands.

In 2010 he decided to pursue his love of storytelling and enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts Film Program at Columbia University in New York City.

In 2013 his short film, DOUBLE HEADER, won the IFP Audience Choice Award and his television script KILLING TIME won Best Television Pilot at the Columbia Film Festival.

In the 2014 Festival his feature script ACE OF SPADES was a Faculty Select in the screenwriting competition and he was awarded the Ezra Litwak Award for Distinction in Screenwriting. ACE OF SPADES would go on to be a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Nicholls Fellowship and a Finalist at the 2014 Austin Film Festival script competition.

His short film DAY 39 premiered at the 2015 Columbia Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City where the film won Faculty Honors as well as Jesse's second IFP Audience Choice Award. Prior to the festival the film was given development awards by the Tribeca Film Institute and Light Iron. It was also selected to participate in the ASCAP Columbia University Composer Workshop (his third time being selected for the workshop).

DAY 39 was a finalist at the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards, making it one of the top seven student films in the US in 2015.

In June of 2015 Jesse produced his first feature film, VERA, in New York City. In 2016 Jesse was hired by Benattar/Thomas Productions to direct their action thriller, BLACK SITE DELTA, starring Cam Gigandet. The film premiered theatrically in 2017 and is currently on Netflix.

Jesse currently resides in Los Angeles.