Jess Kohl is a British filmmaker and photographer. Her directorial work marries a raw, intimate style with a focus on global youth culture and marginalised communities.
Graduating from Central St Martins with 1st class honours, Jess subsequently undertook a master’s degree at Goldsmiths University. Soon after graduating she launched her career, quickly carving a niche in the industry and creating strong emotional narratives that tell the stories of those existing on the fringes of society. Whether documenting the UK queer Jewish underground scene in her film ‘Buttmitzvah’, following a group of rebel Filipino punks living under president Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ in her film ‘Anarchy in the Philippines’, or highlighting the contrast between Indian and western queerness in her candid and beautifully shot ‘Nirvana’, Jess’ work shows a clear talent for crafting films that document those searching for acceptance in their communities, religions, races and culture’s.
Jess’ distinctive style and her talent for capturing nuanced and authentic moments have naturally led to her working in advertising creating poignant commercial spots for clients such as Carrera, Tinder and Facebook US & UK.
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Anarchy in the Philippines – Best Documentary Short, Raindance Film Festival, 2018
Nirvana – BFI Flare, 2019