Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

Director and screenwriter in Los Angeles, California

About Jesse

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.

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 and got himself shortlisted for the Independent Spirit Award, Someone to Watch.

Jesse’s recently been named a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, built around young socially responsible entrepreneurs impacting their community.

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.

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 is the son of once hippie parents, who took him on adventures across the country in their VW campervan as a child. It was there, often in the desert, Jesse imagined his earliest movie ideas. Always a self motivated kid, Jesse was a birthday party magician, an acting teacher and ran his own newspaper; all before graduating Middle School. Jesse grew up in Seattle and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Name: Jesse Harris

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Director and Screenwriter


  • Living Life

    Living Life (2004)
    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

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