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About Jesse Quinones

jqpic-300x200Jesse Quinones is a London based writer/director/producer.

In March 2013 he completed his debut feature film Calloused Hands. Based loosely on his own life, it tells the story of 12-year-old Josh, a mixed race boy growing up in Miami who lives under the oppressive weight of his abusive step-father. He manages to forge his own path in life when his estranged grandfather insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah.

Calloused Hands stars Andre Royo (HBO's The Wire), Daisy Haggard (Showtime's Episodes), and Hans Howes (There Will Be Blood). It premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, and has gone on to screen in over 20 festivals around the world, picking up numerous awards. It was picked up by Kino Lorber and received its North American release in March 2014.

Jesse is currently developing his next feature film Cagefighter, a British set sports drama. He is also developing feature film El Mar with Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta, as well as TV series The Beat with Hillbilly Films.

Jesse is a recipient of the 2011 All Roads Seeds Grant from National Geographic for his upcoming documentary Shoeshine Girls of Bolivia. Shoeshine Girls was selected to the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus and was also awarded a Channel 4 grant, and a grant from the Commonwealth Broadcast Association as was his award-winning documentary The Cable, shot in Colombia. In 2010 he was commissioned by Current TV to make the hard-hitting investigative documentary Vigilante Britain, exploring the rise of vigilantism in Britain. In 2009 he made Surviving History, telling the story of seven Lithuanian Holocaust survivors. This won several awards including 2nd Runner Up for Best Documentary at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Audience Poll at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival, and a prize at the Winton Train Film Contest.

Jesse is an alumni of many labs and fellowships including the SOS Writing Scheme, BBC Writers Festival Skylight Scheme, Berlinale Talent Campus, HBO sponsored NALIP Latino Writers Lab, NALIP Latino Producers Academy, BBC Writers Room, B3 Media Talent Lab, Royal Court Young Writers Programme, and the Soho Theatre Writers Attachment Programme. Jesse is represented by Andrea Farrena at Farrena Films Management for TV and Film and by Irresistible Films for Commericals.

Jesse has experience working in shorts, documentaries, features, and theatre. He is very open to commissions either as a writer or director.

 

Click here to view Jesse's IMDB page
 

  

Films

Teaching

Jesse teaches both for performers, writers, and directors. He is adept at working both with professional and non-professionals, and has lectured at various institutions across the UK including the Met Film School, London Metropolitan University, Brighton Film School, the Actors Centre, Oxbridge Academic Program, Advanced Studies in England, Croydon Youth Theatre, Act Up, Anna Fiorentini Stage & Screen School, Spread The Word, Lewisham Youth Theatre, and the D & B School of Performing Arts.

To book Jesse for a workshop please get in touch here.

 

Student Feedback

Best acting classes that I've had in a very long time. Cannot thank Jesse enough. Feeling emotional and stretched as an actor.

Louise Salter

Thank you so much for your help and encouragement, and for some some lovely moments on the Acting for Screen course.

James Law

Thank you Jesse for a great few weeks! Really useful and inspiring sessions.

James Marchant

Oxbridge Summer Program - Cambridge Prep

Films made by students aged 13-15

Calloused Hands Reviews

An unusually perceptive and sensitive first feature.

Miami New Times

Calloused Hands is kept spinning by the energy and fury of Andre Royo (The Wire), who conveys the desperation and erratic behavior of a man who has failed at life and knows it. Royo's talent is undeniable. Why isn't this actor in more movies?

Miami Herald

Calloused Hands pitches dysfunction over the plate.

LA Times

News

December 24, 2016, Jesse Quinones speaks to Verve Radio about his career. Interview can be listened to here.

October 30, 2016, Jesse Quinones announced as a Patron of the British Urban Film Festival

October 11, 2016, Half-hour documentary Shoeshiners picked up by Journeyman Pictures

March 18, 2016 Jesse speaks to Bright Young Things Film Club about upcoming projects

October 16, 2015: Jesse listed as one of five indie directors to look out for

September 22, 2015: Jesse greenlit to shoot documentary series for Channel 4's 4oD strand with Bafta winning production company Film Mode 

September 17, 2015: Calloused Hands wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at British Urban Film Festival 

August 30, 2015: Cagefigher selected to Film London's Production Finance Market

August 1, 2015: Calloused Hands received three nominations at the inaugural 2015 British Urban Film Festival (Sponsored by Channel 4). Nominated for best film, best director, and best actress (Daisy Haggard)

July 27, 2015: Jesse soon to begin production on six part documentary series for Channel 4's 4oD strand. Produced by Film Mode.

August 18, 2014: Calloused Hands to receive theatrical release in Laemmle Theatre in November 2014

May 20, 2104: Jesse signed by Irresistible Films for commercials reps

October 7, 2013: Carlito y Jane selected to Film London Micro Market

August 19, 2013: Carlito y Jane shortlisted by Sundance Writers Lab

July 31, 2013: Jesse selected to SOS Bureau Writing Scheme

June 24, 2013: Jesse selected to the Skylight Scheme at the 2013 BBC TV Writers Festival

Blogtalkradio, May 26, 2013: Director Jesse Quinones discusses Calloused Hands

Indiewire, May 23, 2013: Andre Royo’s feature Calloused Hands selected to LUFF

Screendaily, May 21, 2013: Calloused Hands selected to Film London’s LUFF Breakthrough Strand

Itsblackcurrent.com, April 16, 2013: Interview with Director Jesse Quinones

Itsblackcurrent.com, April 8, 2013: Calloused Hands Reviewed

MGM Latino, April 2, 2013: Calloused Hands Featured on MGM Latino

Vanegotthegiggles, March 28, 2013: Calloused Hands, Most shocking movie at MIFF 2013Creative Native, March 15, 2013: Five Directors that Rocked at MIFF

NBC 6 In The Mix, March 4, 2013: Calloused Featured on NBC

Miami New Times, March 1, 2013: Miami International Film Festivals ‘Home Movies’: Films by Locals

MIFF Press Junket Interview, March 1, 2013: In Conversation with Jesse Quinones and Luca Oriel

Indiewire, February 28, 2013: Andre Royo Premieres Calloused Hands at Miami International Film FestivalNALIP – In The Spotlight,

February 22, 2013http://nalip.org/spotlight.php?id=228 Cass News,

February 1, 2013http://www.thecass.com/news-events/2013/february/calloused-hands Manchester Video,

January 24, 2013: http://www.manchestervideo.com/2013/01/calloused-hands-movi/GB Mag,

January 20, 2013: http://greatbritishmag.co.uk/lifestyle/first-class/jesse-quinones-feature-film-producerIndiestreak, November 18, 2012: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indiestreak/2012/11/18/dir-jesse-quinones-calloused-hands

NALIP – In The Spotlight, August 26, 2012: http://nalip.org/spotlight.php?id=135

Miami New Times, August 16, 2012: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2012/08/miami-born_filmmaker_ret.php

Jewish Chronicle, March 15, 2012: http://www.callousedhandsmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/JC_1603_07C.pdf

Screen Daily, March 8, 2012: http://www.screendaily.com/news/production/royo-eigenberg-press-star-in-calloused-hands/5039094.article

Jewish Chronicle, March 8, 2012: http://www.thejc.com/node/64756

Wannabe Blog, November 16, 2011: http://wannabefilm.com/2011/11/how-to-put-together-a-staged-reading-an-interview-with-jesse-quinones/

Contact

TV & Film Agent


Andrea Farrena
Farrena Films + Management
T: +44 (0)2071014039

E: andrea@farrenafilms.com

Commercials Rep


Paul Maynard
Irresistible Films
T: +44 (0) 207 247 9763

paul@irresistiblefilms.com