Jes Therkelsen

Jes Therkelsen is the Post Doctoral Environmental Teaching Filmmaker-in-Residence at The College of William and Mary. A filmmaker, photographer, media consultant and activist, Therkelsen received his BA in Geology from Amherst College, and his MFA in Filmmaking from American University. His work has screened worldwide and has confronted issues such as human rights, sustainable development and environmental justice.

Therkelsen has written, produced, and directed several films include The Best Part of EverythingMissed ConnectionsTo Steal A Bicycle and Booms Up. As a 2008 Advocacy Peace Fellowship in Nepal, he initialized The Clean Hands Project, a media campaign meant to empower and mobilize Nepali Dalits by teaching them photography and filmmaking. Jes’s photographs have been exhibited at numerous venues in Washington, including the Washington School of Photography, Touchstone Gallery, Tryst Café, Healing Arts Gallery, and the New Media Center at American University.

Therkelsen is a 2009 Washington D.C. Artist Fellow and a 2010 Young Artist Grant recipient. He was awarded an Advocacy Peace Fellowship in Nepal for the summer of 2008. He has also won the Roland Wood Fellowship three times, the Institute for Humane Studies Film and Fiction Scholarship twice, was a 2007 Student Flaherty Film Fellow and a 2006 National Gallery of Art Film Fellow. His films have won a D.C. Peer Award, a CINE Golden Eagle and have screened in festivals across the country. He has taught at the Arts Institute of Washington, Catholic University and American University in Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in suburbia, New Jersey, he has lived and worked throughout the U.S. as well as Greece, Germany, Nepal, Ecuador, Australia, Russia, and Iceland. Besides working with visual media, Therkelsen enjoys arduous outdoor adventures, getting lost, playing music and riding his bicycle. He cares after two cactus stalks and a bamboo bush.