Jessie Posthumus is a Canadian writer, director, editor, and Toronto Metropolitan University graduate working in documentary and narrative film. Their films often fall within the realm of poetic realism, and are marked by their empathy and sense of humour. Some common themes in their work include coming-of-age experiences, mental health issues, and a search for personal identity. They are passionate about telling stories around the struggles of the working class and the human connection to nature. Jessie is also a commercial video editor with a specialization in branded documentary content - a job that allows them to practice digital forms of storytelling every day.
Their latest directing work includes the mini documentary series Bad at This (Hot Docs, Inside Out) now playing on Vice, and a short narrative film, Rocket Fuel (Palm Springs Shortfest, VIFF, Festival du Nouveau Cinema).
When they're not working, they can be found camping, reading, vlogging, and searching for spare change in their mattress.
Photo by Nancy Pettinicchio