||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 was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Anne Devereux (née Labouisse), a "wealthy activist", 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.
Peretz was a founding member of the Cambridge-based rock band The Lemonheads. 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, 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 Sony PlayStation. In 1998, he directed a feature film called First Love, Last Rights and has directed four other films since then.