Brighton born and Los Angeles based director Jesse Heath puts authenticity at the forefront of his work without comprising compelling narratives, striking visuals and powerful performances. His aesthetic is heavily influenced by his homeland of England, as he likes to combine the gritty, raw nature of British cinema with the hyper stylized production value of American features.
Heath’s approach to filmmaking is immersive. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty doing whatever it takes to capture his vision. That often means finding real people through non-traditional casting and keeping his footprint light and agile to glean the most authentic moments possible. He credits his youth in England for this scrappy work ethic.
Heath grew up painting graffiti, which became the catalyst for his future love of filmmaking. He began documenting himself and his friends as they made their mark in various cities. Completely self-taught, he started to push the look of his films and explore different techniques for capturing these clandestine efforts.
At the age of 19, Heath moved to San Francisco to become a printmaker. It wasn’t long before people started noticing his filmmaking, and he landed his first job shooting content for a local motorcycle shop. Now based in Los Angeles, Heath’s films have premiered on Dazed, Hypebeast, Oyster and i-D Magazine. His most recent short films, Sola and Little Rats, received Vimeo Staff Picks.