About Jesse

Originally from Clearwater/St Petersburg, 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 the art and visual effects departments on feature films 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 the screenwriting award for 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 competition 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 awarded development awards by Light Iron and the Tribeca Film Institute and was 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, VERA in New York City. The film will premier in 2016. In May of 2016 Jesse directed his first feature film, an action thriller called, Black Site Delta, starring Cam Gigandet. The film will premier theatrically and on Netflix in 2017.

Jesse currently resides in Los Angeles.