A poetic montage set to a poem about New York. Words by Prabhath Avadhanula, read by John Willey. Accompanied by “Summertime” as performed by the by the Sidney Bechet Quintet.
While undertaking an internship with A76 Productions in New York City, Jesse worked with fellow interns Evelyn Gallagher, Christopher Gowar, and Eliza Philpott to create The City. They shared the creative control as they shot and edited, creating a film that shows some of the many ways that people experience New York City.
Darren is a young man seeking love in the city. When a petty thief steals his bike, he meets Alyx, who steals his heart.
Jesse wrote, directed, shot, and edited this short film for a class that challenged students to make films that counter popular negative ideologies. Jesse’s goal was to breathe a life outside romance into the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
What is it about vinyl records that have attracted people throughout the ages? Record store proprietor Rich Martin and his friend and employee Mike Pratt discuss the appeal of vinyl, the story of their shop, and their opinions on where physical media stands today.
In his first film with Daniel White, Jesse reached out to Rich Martin, a friend of his from his time on the music scene in New London, CT. This film was the result of hours of work with Rich and Mike to find out what really makes vinyl, and music generally, so special to the people in a community.