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.
The Grand Salmon Project
Director, Principle Cinematography, Editor
Film Coming Soon!
Keeping Clean: Cattle and Conservation
A Collaboration with MCSWCD
A River Called Home
Producer, Director, Editor
Festival/Booked Screening Circuit
Producer, Director, Camera Op, Editor
Troubled Tributary: Maryland's Patuxent River | Maryland Public Television
Producer, Director, 2nd Cam, Editor
Camera Operator/Editor, Various Projects
Additional Cinematography | Upstream, Downriver
Director, DP, Editor