Jesse Bertel


Jesse Bertel


  • 1999Best Film Award from San Antonio College
  • 2015Outstanding Graduate Thesis/Project Award from California State University, Northridge
  • 2016Frank Little Award for Self-Sacrifice and Social Change from Covellite International Film Festival
  • 2018Best Documentary Feature from Open Everything Film Festival - Privacy and Security


  • 1998Damsel in Distress
  • 2011Magic Soap
  • 2012A Wormhole in the Attic
  • 2016The Real/Fake News
  • 2018Left Out: Beyond the Two-Party Horse Race
  • 2020Bernie and Me

Director Story

Jesse Bertel is an award winning Filmmaker, Comedian, Gonzo Journalist, and Musician. He has an A.S. in Video Production from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He also has a B.A. of Screenwriting in Cinema and Television Arts and an M.A. of Documentary Film in Mass Communication/Journalism, both from California State University, Northridge.

He won his first film award for his comedic reinterpretation of Charlie Chaplin’s filmmaking and acting, in the Damsel in Distress. He is the recipient of the Frank Little Award for Self-Sacrifice and Social Change, from the 2016 Covellite International Film Festival, and Best Documentary Feature, from the 2018 Open Everything Film Festival – Privacy and Security, for his groundbreaking documentary film, Left Out: Beyond the Two-Party Horse Race. Additionally, he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Thesis/Project Award for his insightful interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman and Luis J. Rodriguez.

He is also the Host of The Real/Fake News; an online news satire program, which challenges the boundaries between real news and fake news.

His newest film, Bernie and Me, explores the campaign of Bernie Sanders with a focus on the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia; through the eyes of himself as a filmmaker and single parent.