Jesse Moss is the founder of Mile End Films, a San Francisco-based production company. He is currently producing, directing and photographing an independent feature documentary set in the oil fields of North Dakota. And he recently produced an hour long documentary about hard core Civil War re-enactors for National Geographic’s Explorer series, which aired on the NatGeo Channel in May 2012. Most recently, he produced and directed “Full Battle Rattle,” about life inside the US Army’s Iraq simulation in California’s Mojave Desert. The film premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival, won the Special Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival and premiered theatrically at New York’s Film Forum. It is currently airing on the National Geographic Channel.
His other films include “Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story,” which garnered numerous festival awards, critical raves and aired on PBS’s acclaimed POV series. The remake rights to “Speedo” were optioned by Warner Bros. Pictures and Producer Ed Saxon in 2004. His first documentary, “Con Man,” about an Ivy League impostor, was commissioned by HBO and subsequently optioned by Paul Giamatti’s production company, Touchy Feely Films. He also produced “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” a documentary about the legendary radical lawyer, directed by Sarah and Emily Kunstler. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Arthouse Films the same year. It subsequently launched PBS’s POV series in 2010.
He is also completing series of short films about wheelchair provision in the developing world for the World Health Organization (WHO) and working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on videos related to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among military veterans. Since founding Mile End Films in 1999, he has also produced public health media projects on HIV prevention, bullying and teen drinking for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to establishing his own production company, Moss worked as a producer for Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple and a speechwriter on Capitol Hill. He has been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2003. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.