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Jesse Byron Dylan (born January 6, 1966) is an American film director, and the founder, CEO and creative director of the media production company Wondros. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and TED, and the founder of Lybba, a non-profit devoted to the benefits of community, data and technology in healthcare. He is the son and brother of singer-songwriters Bob Dylan and Jakob Dylan, respectively.
|Born||Jesse Byron Dylan
January 6, 1966
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||New York University|
|Known for||Videography, Film|
|Relatives||Jakob Dylan (brother)|
Dylan was born in New York City, and is the eldest son of musician Bob Dylan and Sara Lownds Dylan. His siblings include Anna Lea (b. July 11, 1967), Samuel Isaac Abraham (b. July 30, 1968), and Jakob Luke (b. December 9, 1969). In addition, his father adopted Sara's daughter from a prior marriage, Maria Lownds (b. October 21, 1961). Bob and Sara Dylan divorced when Jesse was 11 years old.
Dylan attended New York University film school and began his career directing music videos for clients including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Lita Ford, Public Image Limited, and Lenny Kravitz.
Dylan is married and has two children, Pablo and Feury Mae (Mae Mae).
Dylan co-founded Wondros, a full-service production company which specializes in translating complex business and prosocial ideas into simple media messages. Wondros clients include a mix of organizations, corporations, and individuals.
At Wondros, Dylan and the rest of the collective of storytellers focus on exploring and explaining innovative projects and people. A film for The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which explains the Large Hadron Collider, led to Fast Company naming Dylan one of the Most Creative People of 2010.
He has co-created media projects for a diverse group of organizations, including Bono's non-profit ONE, the (RED) campaign fighting AIDS in Africa, the Council On Foreign Relations, The Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time Project, and a short film exploring innovation at Harvard Medical School for the CATALYST project.
"Yes We Can"Edit
In 2008, he directed the will.i.am Emmy Award winning music video "Yes We Can," inspired by Barack Obama's campaign for president. The film was created in three days, and featured over 30 celebrity supporters singing then-Candidate Barack Obama’s New Hampshire Primary concession speech. Originally posted on YouTube, “Yes We Can” received over 26 million views just days after its release. In 2012, AdAge recognized “Yes We Can” as one of the most influential political ads of all time.
His feature film directorial work consists of comedies such as Kicking and Screaming, starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall, and American Wedding. Other feature-length projects include the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America, which explores the culture of gangs and systemic violence in South Los Angeles. He produced the film for director Stacy Peralta who premiered it at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Dylan also produced and directed an original television series, “CONversations with Ricky Jay,” which was built around sleight of hand artist Ricky Jay.
In 2007, Dylan launched Lybba, a non-profit organization focused on the open source healthcare movement. The project, according to Fast Company, "combines the latest verified medical data with social networking to allow patients and health-care professionals to make informed decisions." The self-professed goal of the project: "to create an online central repository of medical information." Since their foundation, Lybba has worked with such partners as the Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N), And Early Development Systems Initiative (EDSI).
- Fast Company, 100 Most Creative People In 2010, Fastcompany.com. Accessed Feb 7, 2011.
- Public Knowledge, Publicknowledge.org. Accessed Feb 7, 2011.
- Welcome To California, A Film By Susan Traylor, Track16.com. Accessed Feb 7, 2011.
- Harvard Berkman Center event, Cyber.law.harvard.edu. Accessed Feb 7, 2011.
- Fast Company, Most Creative People In Business In 2010, Speaker bio, Mostcreativepeople.com. Accessed Feb 7, 2011.
- Jesse Dylan, Bob Dylan's Son, Invigorates Open Source Health Care With Lybba, Sept 14, 2010, Acrossad.org. Accessed Feb 7, 2011.