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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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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.