Jesse grew up in Oakland, California, where since middle school he has wanted to become a filmmaker to create stories that have the capacity to introduce new worlds to viewers and promote positive change. He is a 2014 graduate in filmmaking at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus on documentary films and cinematography. Jesse’s thesis film, Life Sentences, is a short documentary about families affected by the incarceration of their loved ones. It was a regional semifinalist for the 2014 Student Academy Awards and has screened at eight festivals including the St. Louis International Film Festival, winning best student director at the 2015 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival. His new documentary, Why I Swim, focuses on an inspiring three-time cancer survivor who both swims in and organizes the San Francisco Swim Across America open water swim that funds pediatric cancer care and research. Jesse is a certified Steadicam operator and is currently working in New York City as a freelance director and cinematographer. He uses his technical skills with an artistic vision to create compelling stories.