Jesse Harris is a freelance commercial director, specializing in creating realistic branded lifestyle visual storytelling. Clients have included: Bing, vitaminwater, Volvo Cars of North America, Microsoft, Virgin America and more. Jesse is leading the next generation of young and talented filmmakers. Variety agrees, and named Jesse Harris one of 25 talents who transformed youth entertainment in 2009.
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jesse Harris has always been a fan of film, art and culture. At the age of 17, Jesse wrote, directed, financed and ultimately secured multi-city theatrical release for the feature length drama, Living Life. The film tells the story of a teenage boy battling cancer and how he changes other people’s lives in the process of reconciling himself to his illness.
Living Life was one of 20 features invited to be part of the annual IFP New York Film Market. Jesse then partnered with FilmMates Entertainment for completion and distribution of Living Life, becoming the youngest known American director to obtain multi-city theatrical release and distribution of a feature film.
As a result of his experience making, releasing and distributing his own film, Jesse decided to create an organization to support other young filmmakers. In 2007 Jesse co-founded the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), a film festival and non-profit organization to support young filmmakers 22 and under. It has grown into the largest youth film festival in the world.
Jesse is represented by World Famous in the US.