Filmmaking

Jesse Edwards is an experienced independent filmmaker. He was awarded a B.A. in Film Studies by Connecticut College in 2015. His work extends from narrative film to documentaries and experimental films, in genres ranging from horror to romantic comedy.

“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.

 

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.

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.

Oyster

Darren is a young man seeking love in the city. When a petty thief steals his bike, he meets Alyx, who steals his heart.

Jesse wrote, directed, shot, and edited this short film for a class that challenged students to make films that counter popular negative ideologies. Jesse’s goal was to breathe a life outside romance into the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

2013.

The Telegraph

What is it about vinyl records that have attracted people throughout the ages? Record store proprietor Rich Martin and his friend and employee Mike Pratt discuss the appeal of vinyl, the story of their shop, and their opinions on where physical media stands today.

In his first film with Daniel White, Jesse reached out to Rich Martin, a friend of his from his time on the music scene in New London, CT. This film was the result of hours of work with Rich and Mike to find out what really makes vinyl, and music generally, so special to the people in a community.

2012.

Getting Out

A young woman reflects on the complex nature of a relationship she is leaving.

In Jesse’s first filmmaking class, he was assigned the project of creating a narrative through montage. This film has virtually no dialogue, relying on visual storytelling to get its message across.

2012.

A Life Changing Event

When a young couple discover that they are expecting a child before they are ready to care for one, they struggle with making a decision about what to do.

Jesse worked with fellow student Daniel Coppersmith to create this long-take film for their first filmmaking class. Part of the assignment required that no audio from set be used. As such, all of the audio in this short film was recorded and placed after the fact.

2012.