Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente was born and raised in Toronto, although his family hails from outside Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Northern Ontario. Jesse fell in love with movies at an early age (watching Star Wars at the old University Theatre) and has never lost that passion, pursuing it at the University of Toronto before landing his first job as a critic, writing reviews for Eye Weekly. Now a fixture on radio and television, for the past decade Jesse has reviewed movies on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning programme in Toronto, as well as across the country from Charlottetown to Vancouver to Yellowknife. Jesse travels Canada frequently, attending festivals from Montreal to Victoria, and has served on a jury at HotDocs. He also programs at the ImagineNative festival in Toronto. Jesse started programming for TIFF in 2006, when he joined the Canadian Features Selection Committee.