One of his side projects include a 2011 collaboration with co-producer and production coordinator David Skidmore and editor James Kim to create the short film Saving Private Ryan In 60 Seconds. It garnered second place at the Virgin Fake Film Fest 2011. In 2012, Jesse competed, with his previous production and editor team, in the 10th Annual 168 Film Festival with each filmmaking group assigned a theme at random and given ten days for pre-production and one-hundred eighty hours to create and deliver the finished film. He produced and directed a World War II short film called Ghosts of Europe that was shot in two nights from five p.m. till five a.m. with recording completed in 120 hours. The short film won in the 10th Annual 168 Film Festival's category for Best International Film.
Is sports oriented in kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, and hiking activities.