||Jesse W. Peretz
May 19, 1968
Jesse W. Peretz (born May 19, 1968) is an American bass guitar player, feature film director, and Grammy Award-winning music video director.
Life and career
Peretz is a feature film and TV director. He was also a founding member of the Cambridge-based rock band The Lemonheads which he formed in high school with classmates Evan Dando and Ben Deily. He left the band as a musician prior to the band's breakthrough album It's a Shame About Ray, however he continued to work with them as a photographer and music video director. His first videos for The Lemonheads were for the songs "Mrs. Robinson", "Confetti" and "It's a Shame about Ray". He went on to direct videos for the Foo Fighters (he won a Grammy for Best Music Video for "Learn to Fly"), Jack Black and The Breeders, as well as creating and co-directing the "Jimmy the Cab-Driver" comedy vignettes for MTV with his friends from Harvard, Donal Logue and Clay Tarver. Peretz also directed several commercials including spots for Nike, Ikea and the Sony PlayStation. In 1998, he directed a feature film called First Love, Last Rites based on the Ian McEwan short story of the same name. In 2001 he directed The Chateau, in 2007 The Ex and in 2011 Our Idiot Brother. He has worked as a producer/director on the HBO show Girls and Showtime's Nurse Jackie.
Peretz was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Anne Devereux (née Labouisse), and publisher Marty Peretz. His father is a descendant of Yiddish-language author I. L. Peretz. His maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Scriven (Clark) and diplomat Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr. His maternal great-grandfather was art collector and philanthropist Stephen Carlton Clark, who was the son of Alfred Corning Clark and the grandson of inventor Edward C. Clark. His father is Jewish and his mother is Protestant.