An interview with Jesse (Olszewski) James – A Filmmaker in Erie, PA

Jessica Hunter (JH): Jesse, for those of us that have not had the pleasure of meeting or working with you, please tell us a little bit about who you are and how you got to where you are today.

Jesse (Olszewski) James (JJ): I’ve always had an innate desire to create in various forms. This enduring passion has been a guiding force throughout my life, leading me through diverse chapters that include explorations in visual arts, theater, and even a stint as a magician. However, it was in the world of filmmaking that I discovered my true calling, where I could artfully craft captivating narratives through the medium of film. The sense of fulfillment I derive from this choice is something I still find astounding.

Today, I’m widely recognized as a go-to person in Erie’s vibrant film community, or better known as a “fixer.” This role entails helping productions secure the resources they require, whether it’s essential equipment, a skilled crew member, or the perfect location that welcomes a film crew onto their property. Over the past decade, I’ve dedicated myself to refining my skills as a filmmaker while also lending a hand to fellow creators in our region, empowering them to transform their cinematic visions into reality.

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By Christina Moreschi
Christina Moreschi Director of Career Events and Outreach