Jesse Erica Epstein

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Jesse Ericka Epstein is a Sundance-award Winning Filmmaker -- whose work has screened in over 40 film festivals world-wide, and in museums including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Mass MoCA, The Peabody Museum, and Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. She strives to use humor to raise serious conversations around important social issues.

Jesse received a Masters Degree in documentary film from New York University. She was selected for “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by filmmaker magazine, and is a member-owner of the distribution cooperative New Day Films. She also has a published New York Times Video Op-Ed “Sex, Lies and Photoshop.” Her film project BODY TYPED and related interactive website, received grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the Fledgling Fund ( She has also received grants from Catapult Film Fund and a MacDowell Arts Colony Residency, Sponsored by The National Endowment For the Arts. Her short film 34x25x36 premiered at the SXSW film festival and received a national PBS broadcast on POV.

Jesse also works as a youth media educator, and for three years taught Reel Stories: Sundance’s Youth Documentary Lab. Jesse has also taught Girls Make Movies at the Girls Leadership Institute, and founded a youth video program in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Honors/ Grants:

Named one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine
Awards from: The Sundance Film Festival, Newport International Film Festival, Luna Fest
Received grants from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Catapult Film Fund, The Fledgling Fund
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship/ Residency at The MacDowell Colony for the Arts
Screenings at MASS MoCa, Peabody Essex Museum, and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
National PBS Broadcast on POV
MASS MoCA Residency with Working Films - Working Films use documentaries to advance solutions to climate change, dirty energy, economic inequality, and racial injustice.
Art Residency at Marble House Project, Vermont
Art Residency at Rockland Woods, Seattle

New Day Films by Jesse Erica Epstein

Awards & Accolades

Sundance Film Festival - Short Subject Jury Award
Newport International Film Festival - Best Short Film
ALA/YALSA Award --- Top Video for Young Adults
Judges + Audience Awards – Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival
National PBS Broadcast on POV
SXSW Premiere
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Screening
Mass MoCA Screening
Winner – Luna Fest
Featured in the Google/YouTube Screening Room – 1 million views in 4 days
Rooftop Films – Best of Summer Season
Audience Award – The Chlotrudis Short Film Festival
Grand Prize/ Kodak Film Award – Chicks with Flicks Film Festival
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