JESSE ATLAS is an award-winning filmmaker and editor living in Los Angeles. Jesse’s short film, the sci-fi love story “Record/Play,” captivated audiences worldwide at dozens of festival screenings, premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2012, competing at Sundance 2013, and being chosen as one of the four films of the first annual New York Times Online Film Festival. The film took top honors at many festivals including BET/Urbanworld, Fantastic Fest, NYC Shorts, and Paris Fantastic Fest. “Record/Play” also made the shortlist for the 2014 Academy Awards. Jesse is currently adapting “Record/Play” into a feature-length film for Focus Features.
Recently, Jesse directed the dance performance / dance documentary “Movement One” featuring Emmy-Nominated choreographer and dancer Teddy Forance (So You Think You Can Dance, All The Right Moves). The film creates an intimate look at creative process of creating a dance performance using a diverse cast of dancers with varying styles. Jesse’s first documentary, “At The Green Line,” was filmed on location in Israel and Palestine, and explored the moral conflicts of Israeli soldiers stationed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The film won the “Best Film: Conflict and Resolution Award” at the Hamptons International Film Festival and “Best Documentary Film” at the Vancouver Documentary Festival. Other recent projects include directing (with co-director Brent Bonacorso) the award-winning surreal CGI-live action hybrid short film “Now and Nowhere,” and serving as both editor and writer on the feature doc “Children Rise,” narrated and executive produced by Charlize Theron. The film follows two homeless teens through six years of life on the streets of Durban, South Africa.