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Jes Therkelsen approaches media making as a means to explore and pay closer attention to the world around him. The powerful immediacy and influence of visual media, its artistic potential, and the capacity to elicit emotion often drive his projects.

Therkelsen is a 2009 Washington D.C. Artist Fellow. He was awarded an Advocacy Peace Fellowship in Nepal for the summer of 2008 where he organized the Clean Hands Project, a media empowerment initiative for Nepali Dalits. He has also won the Roland Wood Fellowship three times, the Institute for Humane Studies Film and Fiction Scholarship twice, was a 2007 Student Flaherty Film Fellow and a 2006 National Gallery of Art Film Fellow. He has won a D.C. Peer Award, a CINE Golden Eagle and has seen his films screen in festivals across the country. He has taught at the Arts Institute of Washington, American University and Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Therkelsen is the founder director of Sensory Media Arts, a Washington D.C. - based media-production company. Before filmmaking, Therkelsen worked as a geologist with USGS, NASA and the New Jersey DEP. Besides filmmaking, Therkelsen is an avid musician and composer. Born and raised in suburbia, New Jersey, he has lived in Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Greece, Germany and Nepal. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with a bamboo stalk and a cactus and can be seen riding his bicycle a lot.

MFA, Film and Media Arts, the School of Communication, American University
BA, Geology, Amherst College

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The Clean Hands Project

The Clean Hands Project is a unique visual media initiative meant to empower and mobilize Nepali Dalits....

Regions: Nepal

Issues: Crimes against humanity

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