Jesse Harris started his filmmaking career early, writing and directing his first feature when he was 17. He opted against college and used the money to fund his feature, which was eventually picked up for US theatrical distribution and by HBO in Europe.
In 2007, to support other young filmmakers, Jesse founded NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth), which has grown into the largest and most prestigious youth film festival in the world.
Variety named Jesse one of 25 talents who transformed youth entertainment and was named one of City Arts Magazine’s Top 50 Culture Makers. His first feature was one of 20 features invited to the 2004 IFP New York Film Market. Jesse was named a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, working with other young people around the world to better their communities.
Jesse's commercial work has been seen on TV around the world, working with clients such as Volvo, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Disney, Virgin America, and more. Jesse brings years of experience not only crafting beautiful stories, but also working directly with brands to strategize, write and execute effective campaigns.
His short film WIND IN THE NIGHT was one of seven films selected for the 2019 Prix SNCF du Polar in France, was Closing Night at Seattle International Film Festival ShortsFest and was picked up for distribution in France, Asia, UK and USA.
Jesse’s latest feature is BORREGO, a cinematic thriller starring Lucy Hale that released in theaters across the US and on digital in January 2022 and is releasing worldwide now. BORREGO was #3 on the iTunes Indie Charts in the first week and has maintained in the top of new indie releases since coming out. The Boston Herald called BORREGO “A well-made and gripping crime thriller”.
Borrego Action ⋄ Thriller ⋄ Western When a young botanist searching for a life change moves to an isolated desert town, she must fight for her survival when she’s kidnaped by a drug mule after his small airplane crashes next to her in the desert.
Wind in the Night
Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Writer When a man working as a drug mule for a Mexican cartel is ordered to leave his family and kill another man and replace him as the drug receiver in America, he must face inner struggles of what is right and wrong and make a choice of how to protect his family.
Welcome to the End of the World
Film (Short and Drama) Writer After an attempt to 'jump-start' their fledgling acting careers, Blake and Aidan are left with remorse and doubt. The pair make a naive and fatal mistake by trying to impress a dubious hood with underworld connections. Ultimately, the young thespians may have exchanged more than a 'favor' for their promised pot of gold. Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama) Writer Jason Miller was a normal seventeen-year-old boy. He had a beautiful girlfriend, a great best friend and his whole life in front of him. At least he thought so! After weeks of experiencing stomach pain he develops serious symptoms. His parents take him to the doctor where he is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. His life is turned upside down. Jason is faced with many questions. "What do you do if you only have months to live?", "Who do I tell?", "Have I made a difference?". Jason is re-introduced to his grandfather, William, who he hasn't seen in eight years. William wants to get to know his grandson Jason and make things right with Jason's dad, Peter, who despises William, his father, and hates the idea of Jason being with him. William uses magic to connect with his grandson Jason and begins to teach him some of his old tricks. Together they get the idea to perform magic for the young children at Jason's hospital. With the power of magic, love and family, one boy's struggle ... Written by Anonymous