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Jesse Peretz - Overview

Date of Birth: May 19, 1968    
Place of Birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality: United States
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The son of THE NEW REPUBLIC's editor-in-chief, Massachusetts native Jesse Peretz left behind a bass playing stint in the Boston-based rock band The Lemonheads in order to pursue filmmaking, initially working in the related field of music videos. Having directed one video for The Lemonheads while still with the band, Peretz went on helm seven more, including all six videos from their successful 1992 album "It's a Shame About Ray" (their first without his musical participation). Peretz also directed videos for other Boston artists and friends like Juliana Hatfield and Superchunk. Next came "Jimmy the Cabdriver," a collaborative effort by Peretz, director Clay Tarver, and actor Donal Logue. Star of several MTV spots that debuted in June 1994, the character Jimmy McBride (played by Logue), a greasy, Boston-accented man, foisted his theories, misconceptions and opinions on anyone who had the misfortune of entering his taxi. What set Jimmy apart from other skits spoofing taxi drivers was that all he commented on was MTV and the programs, videos and artists shown on the ... Read More
2007
Helmed the comedy, "The Ex" starring Zach Braff and Jason Bateman
2001
Directed second feature, the digitally-shot "The Chateau", starring Paul Rudd and Donal Logue
1998
Feature film directorial debut, the independent "First Love, Last Rites"
1994
Collaborated with director Clay Tarver and actor Donal Logue to direct the "Jimmy the Cabdriver" promos (aired on MTV)
1992
Continued directing music videos for, The Lemonheads after his split from the band; helmed their 1992 hit <i>It's a Shame About Ray</i>
1992
Continued directing music videos for, The Lemonheads after his split from the band; helmed their 1992 hit It's a Shame About Ray
1991
After graduating Harvard, moved to New York to work in film production
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