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About Me

Jess Wiegandt is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up with a love for the natural world. She tells stories of conservation and perseverance in the outdoors and utilizes her background in experiential education to engage new audiences. Her films often focus on the health of rivers, including the 2023 NATAS Capital Emmy-awarded film "A River Called Home," featuring the James River, and "Troubled Tributary: Maryland's Patuxent River," featured on Maryland Public Television. 

She has her MFA in Film and Media Arts with a concentration in Environmental, Wildlife, and Social Impact Filmmaking from American University and has over a decade of experience in backcountry expedition work. Her passion for the planet drives her to seek out stories that will energize audiences to take action to conserve our natural resources and wildlife. 

Ongoing Work

The Grand Salmon Project

Director, Principle Cinematography, Editor

Film Coming Soon!

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Keeping Clean: Cattle and Conservation

Director, Editor

A Collaboration with MCSWCD

Watch the film here!

A River Called Home

Producer, Director, Editor

Festival/Booked Screening Circuit

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Freelance Projects

Producer, Director, Camera Op, Editor 

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Mentionable Work

Troubled Tributary: Maryland's Patuxent River | Maryland Public Television 

Producer, Director, 2nd Cam, Editor

Available Online

Watch it here!

Camera Operator/Editor, Various Projects  

TC Webb

Additional Cinematography | Upstream, Downriver

Center for Environmental Filmmaking, 2023

Pisgah Collective

Director, DP, Editor

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