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Check in here for news about my life, reviews of films and music both old and new, and general updates!

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)!

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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:

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.