jes therkelsen

Jes Therkelsen is a documentary storyteller, an educator and a humanist. As a documentary filmmaker and photographer, his work has stretched across six continents tackling issues such as human rights, sustainable development, and environmental justice. His films have won a D.C. Peer Award, a CINE Golden Eagle, and have screened worldwide. He served as the first Filmmaker-in-Residence at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and has held teaching appointments at the Arts Institute of Washington, Catholic University, and American University. He currently teaches media production and storytelling at California State University, Fresno.

Welcome to China Alley

Welcome to China Alley US / 2013 / Color / 7 Min. camera/editing: Jes Therkelsen, Tou Yang, Matthew Vincent, Gosia Wozniacka directing and producing: Jes Therkelsen & Gosia Wozniacka The National Trust for Historic Preservation name China Alley, a street that served as the hub for Hanford, California’s Chinese population beginning in the late 1800s, to its list of 11 Most Endangered…

Space

Space US / 2013 / Color / 3:30 Min. images: Cassini Mission, NASA music: “Near Light” Olafur Arnalds editing: Jes Therkelsen “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” – Albert Einstein    

But I’m Not Her

But I’m Not Her US / 2012 / Color / 4:50 Min. Producer/Writer/Director/Editor: Jes Therkelsen Original Music: Jes Therkelsen A letter from an old lover is a poignant link to a past life.

A Silence in My Mind

A Silence in My Mind US / 2012 / Color / 3:50 Min. Producer/Writer/Director/Editor: Jes Therkelsen & Kerry Klein What does it mean to be awake in the world? Music is a way for violinist Kerry Klein to experience a silence in her mind. Can she bring that space into the rest of her life? A Silence in My Mind…

Visualizing St. Petersburg

Visualizing St. Petersburg US / 2011 / Color / 12 Min. Produced by: Sasha Prokhorov Producer/Writer/Director/Editor: Jes Therkelsen Introducing students to video production in study abroad programs is incredibly enabling; the filmmaking process forces them out of their comfort zone, stretches their limits, and pushes them to interact in ways they would not have otherwise. Viualizing St. Petersburg has the…

St. Petersburg’s White Nights

White Nights in St. Petersburg, Russia, occur during the season of the midnight sun. For almost six weeks, as the night sky never fades to complete darkness, the city surges with movement, color, and light. The photographs in this collection were all taken during a four-week stay in St. Petersburg in 2011. This collection is by no means an attempt…

The Eye Enters Life: A Global City Symphony

The Eye Enters Life: A Global City Symphony US / 2012 / Color / 13 Min. Produced & Directed: Jes Therkelsen & Timothy Barnard Directed and Edited by: Maximilian Brumby, Sarah Klotz, & Hannah McCarthy Original score by Jeremiah Lucero Screenings Include: • Global Film Festival, Williamsburg, VA • Gallup, NM Film Crawl • University Film and Video Association Conference,…

A New Old Towne: The World Turned Upside Down

A New Old Towne: The World Turned Upside Down US / 2012 / Color / 17 Min. Produced & Directed: Jes Therkelsen & Timothy Barnard Directed and Shot by: Roman Dent, Pratyush Dubey, Kaye Haley, Dana Hayes, Elizabeth Pelletier, Gierdre Stankeviciute, Greg Thompson, Patrick Welch Edited by: Pratyush Dubey, Dana Hayes & Elizabeth Pelletier Original score by Erik DeLong A…

Greener & Gold: The Greening of a College Campus

Greener & Gold: The Greening of a College Campus US / 2011 / Color / 17 Min. Produced by: Jes Therkelsen Directed, Shot, Edited by: Pratyush Dubey, Aaron Port, Bernice Chu, & Jes Therkelsen Music by: Lucas Gonze, Trevor Garrod, The Squash Blossums, & Moby   The College of William and Mary, a university that Sierra Magazine rated as failing…

The Ghosts Among Us

The Ghosts Among Us US / 2011 / Color / 10 Min. Produced by: Jes Therkelsen Directed, Shot, Edited by: Amelia Bane, Caitlin Clements, Alison Freedman, Kaye Haley, Megan Hermida, Austin Journey, Jennie Joyce, Matt Sonnenfeld, Alanna Wildermuth Music by: Matthew Gattuso History permeates the Hampton Road area of Virginia. This part of the country has fascinated many individuals with…