Author: Jed

Filmmaker. Photographer. Musician. Writer. IT Guy.

“Hawaiian Pizza” – Music Video

“Hawaiian Pizza” was written by Will Shishmanian for the 2015 release of his EP “To The Corner and Back.” This video stars Aidan Gorrell and CJ Thibeau. Special Thanks to Alanna Edwards, Billy DeCoursey, and Laura Salvatore for their support on this production.

Jesse directed, produced, shot, and edited this music video. Jesse’s old band, Defenders of Pluto, played many shows with Will’s old band, Llama Tsunami, back when they were both in high school in southeastern Connecticut. Their friendship grew from there, and Jesse is thrilled to have been able to make this video for Will as they both begin the next phases of their careers. The whole experience was a blast, and there are definite hopes that this will not be the last Edwards-Shishmanian production!

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“Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Head” – Tiny Desk Concert Audition

“Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Head” was written by Daphne Lee Martin for the 2015 release of Fall On Your Sword, and this performance features Meghan Killimade on drums, Corina Malbaurn on bass, Richard Martin, Trevor Giles, and Michael Walters on backing vocals, Isaac Young on keys, and Daphne Lee Martin and Andrew Camacho (better known as SuaveSki) on lead vocals.

This video is our submission for the amazing NPR All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest of 2016. We listen, we love, and we support this grand endeavour and are so pleased to share our song with other folks that do.

Jesse directed, produced, shot, and edited this video. The concept was to bring together a number of Daphne’s talented friends, and to make something both intimate and compelling. Daphne and Jesse have known each other for nearly Jesse’s whole life, and they look forward to working on more video projects in the future.

 

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays To All!

I am currently in North Carolina, celebrating Christmas with my family. I drove down with my parents and my dog, Tucker, and have enjoyed a wonderful few days of family, music and food.

I thought I’d share with you all what I’ve been up to since my last post (months ago!). I’ve completed my Fall semester at Connecticut College, leaving me with just one semester left until graduation. Exciting, to say the least!

This semester, I conducted an Independent Study in Photography, with Professor Ted Hendrickson as my advisor. I have compiled a portfolio of over 30 photos of New London, CT, the beautiful small city near my hometown. Some of those can be seen here.

I also finished my minor in Computer Science, a very exciting development. My writing has been strengthened through a course in Writing the Short Story with Professor Blanche Boyd, and I studied Queer Theory and History with Professor Ariella Rotramel. Overall, a very successful semester.

Who knows what 2015 will bring? I have many plans and intentions, and will be sure to keep everyone here updated as I move forward!

My New Year’s Resolution: create, explore, and enjoy myself!

Edwards Christmas Tree 2014

Our tree this year was outside. Click the photo for one of my favorite holiday videos (warning: extreme silliness)!

Photos from New London, CT – Fall 2014

This semester I undertook an independent study in Photography at Connecticut College under the tutelage of Professor Ted Hendrickson. I spent a few hours each week wandering the streets of New London, capturing the details of this small city. These are just a very few of the photographs I included in my portfolio this fall. To see more of my photography, check me out on Instagram.

Photos From Oxfordshire, England – August 2014

I went to England with my family for ten days in August. We spent a day and a half in London before travelling to the tiny town of Napton, where we rented a 58-foot long canal boat for a week. We flew over 3000 miles in a about 15 hours to travel just 108 miles in 7 days. I loved every minute of it. The English countryside is gorgeous, and we were blessed with some of the best weather you can imagine, though a little chilly at times, considering I was coming off a summer in New York!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip:

The City

 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.

Welcome!

Welcome to the inaugural blog post on thejesseedwards.com!

My name is Jesse Edwards. I come from Mystic, CT, and was essentially raised on the grounds of Mystic Seaport, a living-history maritime museum and home to the Charles W. Morgan, the world’s last surviving wooden whaleship. My mother is a Hermann Melville scholar and Associate Professor of English at UConn. My father is a self-employed musician. They have both worked at Mystic Seaport for about 30 years. I’ve been surrounded by boats, music, and history for as long as I can remember.

This leads me to one of my first passions: music. My father taught me to play banjo when I was seven; it didn’t stick. The next year, we tried guitar; it did. Since then, I’ve been learning to play and writing as many songs on as many instruments as I could get my hands on. In middle school, I learned to play the flute. That was right around the same time as I started my band, Defenders of Pluto, in which I began to expand my horizons even more, learning bass and drums. In high school, I picked up mallet percussion for the Marching Band, and also learned to play the mandolin and the ukulele. My band finally recorded our first proper album during my first year of college.

Arriving at college brought to my attention an enthusiasm I’d always had, but had never explored: my strong interest in films, and filmmaking. I had had a video blog for a while, but had never thought of it as a true creative outlet. By the end of my first semester, I had declared a major in film, and by the end of my freshman year, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in filmmaking. Under the tutelage of Ross Morin, I have learned a lot about myself as an artist, and look forward to telling more stories that matter to me through this medium.

Today, I’m working as an intern at A76 Productions, a production company in Manhattan. I am working with Will Shishmanian, a talented singer-songwriter that I knew back when we both lived in Connecticut, on a new musical project. I am taking this summer to figure out exactly what in filmmaking I am most interested in doing, and to learn about myself as I live truly away from home for the first time in my life.

On this blog, I will alternate irregularly between updates on my life and ambitions and my opinions on television shows, films, books, art, and music that I think deserve comment. If you are interested in that, you can follow this blog!

Onward and upward.

Kindred Spirits

When Riley and her brother Ben attend a grief counseling retreat after the death of their sister, someone decides that the dead need company.

Jesse produced this 18 minute horror film as part of a 400-level filmmaking workshop class that he took in the Fall of 2013. He worked with his good friend and film partner Daniel White over the course of three and a half months to coordinate a dozen cast and crew members and to bring this thrilling film to life.

2013.