About Jesse Quinones


Jesse Quinones is a London based writer/director/producer working across fiction, documentary, and commercials.

In 2020 he wrote and directed Cagefighter: Worlds Collide, which stars Gina Gershon, Chuck Liddell, and Jon Moxley. In 2018 he Co-Produced  No Shade (dir Clare Anyiam Osigwe), which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 British Urban Film Festival.

In March 2013 he completed his debut feature film Calloused Hands. 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.

Jesse was recently selected to Stars Collective, a new fund run by Starlight Entertainment to support BIPOC writers and directors. Jesse is currently in development on upcoming feature film HEIST OF BENIN, a heist thriller touching on themes of repatriation, colonialism, and slavery. Jesse is also developing tech thriller PHISH, which is steeped in the world of cyber crime. Jesse is an alum of numerous writing labs and fellowships including the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme, Soho Theatre Writer's Attachment Programme, Berlinale Talent Campus, B3 Media Talent Lab, NALIP Latino Writer's Lab, and the BBC Writer's Room.

In his downtime he enjoys spending time with his family and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which he holds a Black Belt in.

Jesse is represented by Gersh Agency in the US and Revolution Talent in the UK.

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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


August, 2020 Cagefighter picks up sales worldwide 

Feb 6, 2018, Cagefighter announced in The Sun

November 23, 2017, Calloused Hands released on VOD. Purchase the film here

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/

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