Jesse Russell Brooks
Jesse Russell Brooks was born in Accomac, Virginia and received a degree in English
Literature from Virginia State University. As a professional, Jesse spent the immediate
decade after graduating from school working in New York City as a Stage Manager and
assistant director. His projects included Walt Disney’s The Lion King, Hedwig and the
Angry Inch, The Who’s Tommy and multiple cultural events and large venue concerts.
Disney Theatrical relocated Jesse to Los Angeles California to continue developing
as a stage artist. Although in 2005, Jesse was introduced to video artist Bill Viola
and left the world of stage by becoming the contemporary artist’s studio assistant.
It was during this residency that Jesse began to develop and author his own work as a
filmmaker and artist. Jesse began to focused primarily on experimental documentary,
video art and Narrative work. His present day focus and subject matter include mystical
realism, visual poetry and observation.
Jesse Russell Brooks is a maverick filmmaker. He has no formal film school education
and is self-taught through his experience with stage and residencies with directors such as
Julie Taymor and Bill Viola. This journey without question has allowed him greater
education and insight into the spiritual and philosophical nature of stage and visual art.
Jesse Russell Brooks has received a Telly Award for his music video work and has also
garnered 2 Emmy nomination while directing television program Lost Legends of the
Brooks presently directs the SNBC documentary program Africa Arise and is the assistant
curator at The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.