Meet Me At The Stairs
Director: Jesse Hunt
Canada, 2020, 5 min
Crew:Colour: Ana Escorse
Ten years ago, at the age of 23, I underwent a procedure that saved my life; a kidney transplant. My father donated one of his kidneys to someone that neither of us knew so that I could receive a healthy organ from another party in return. Before that, I spent the majority of my life gradually progressing towards undetected renal failure, which ultimately led me to a brief stint of dialysis and then the transplant.
During a worldwide pandemic such as the one we currently find ourselves in, that very procedure and the medications I take daily to ensure its success, put me in a very vulnerable place.
Because of these somewhat defining experiences that come with a procedure such as an organ transplant, I have an appreciation for what living with a compromised immune system means. I also have an appreciation for how this daily challenge affects those closest to me.
Meet Me At The Stairs is a profile piece that features my wife, an essential emergency worker for Toronto EMS and how during the first lockdown in Ontario, we lived in isolation from each other for more than 90 days. Even though we were still living in the same house, being so close yet so far comes with its own set of unique challenges.
The film explores the anxiety that comes with being an essential worker during a worldwide pandemic and coping with the sacrifices you must make to keep your family members safe.
About the director
Jesse is a 33-year-old director living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He found his way to filmmaking by way of cinematography and photography, which is what has allowed him to craft work rooted in strong imagery.
He recently directed "Meet me at the Stairs," an emotionally driven film that was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and won third place in the Musicbed Reopen Challenge, among other accolades.
Working primarily as a director in the commercial advertising space, Jesse is continuing to develop films and projects that he can relate to on a personal and emotional level.