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Writer, producer, director and actor Connor Jessup recently starred on the big screen as the lead role in the independent film Blackbird, in which he plays an angry and troubled teenage boy who is wrongfully accused and arrested for a crime he did not commit. He ends up in juvenile detention where he quickly realizes the changes he will need to make if he wants to survive. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, and the performance earned him the “Rising Star” accolade from the festival.
Also named one of Variety’s “Actors to Watch” in their Power of Youth issue, he is currently filming the leading role in the indie Skating to New York. Produced by Wendy Japhet and directed by Charles Minsky, the film is about five teenage hockey players from a small town in Canada that seek adventure by crossing Lake Ontario on skates.
His producing credits include the independent film Amy George, which played at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The independent film, shot in the spring of 2010, follows a 13-year-old boy’s quest to become an artist. Jessup also completed the short film Something, which he wrote, directed, produced, and edited. Something follows 10-year-old Jack as he struggles to find beauty in life after he survives the collapse of the human existence. He also wrote, directed and produced the short film I Don’t Hurt Anymore! in addition to the play Pushing Normal, in which he received the Award of Distinction for its script at the 2010 Sears Drama Festival.
Jessup is also known for his leading role in the Discovery Kids TV series The Saddle Club, in which he played Simon Atherton, a thirteen-year-old computer geek.
He credits his love for the dramatic arts and entertainment industry to his involvement with local Youth Theater growing up: his skills extend far beyond the scope of acting on the big or small screen as this teenage prodigy has been writing, directing, producing, and editing films since the tender age of eleven.
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