Jesse Dylan

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Jesse Dylan
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Dylan in 2010
Jesse Byron Dylan

(1966-01-06) January 6, 1966 (age 57)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Years active1973–present
SpouseSusan Traylor
Parent(s)Bob Dylan
Sara Lownds
RelativesJakob Dylan (brother)

Jesse Byron Dylan (born January 6, 1966) is an American film director and production executive. He is the founder of the media production company Wondros and Lybba, a non-profit organization. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations[1] and TED.[2] He is the son of musician Bob Dylan and former model Sara Lownds and brother of singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan.

Early life and education[edit]

Dylan was born in New York City, and is the eldest son of musician Bob Dylan and Sara Lownds Dylan. His parents are from Jewish families. His siblings include Anna Lea (b. July 11, 1967), Samuel Isaac Abraham (b. July 30, 1968) and Jakob Luke (b. December 9, 1969).[3] In addition, his father adopted Sara's daughter from a prior marriage, Maria Lownds (b. October 21, 1961). Bob and Sara Dylan divorced when Jesse was 11 years old.[4]

Dylan attended New York University film school.[5]


Dylan began his career directing music videos for clients including Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Lita Ford, Public Image Limited and Lenny Kravitz.[6] Dylan is also known for providing the cover photo of Waits' 1992 album Bone Machine.[7]

"Yes We Can"[edit]

In 2008, he directed the Emmy Award-winning music video "Yes We Can," inspired by Barack Obama's campaign for President.[8] The film was created in three days, and featured over 30 celebrity supporters singing then-Candidate Barack Obama's New Hampshire Primary concession speech. Originally posted on YouTube, "Yes We Can" received over 26 million views just days after its release, and was recognized by AdAge in 2012 as one of the most influential political ads of all time.[9]

Other work[edit]

His feature film directorial work consists of comedies such as Kicking and Screaming, starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall, American Wedding and How High. Other feature-length projects include the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America, which explores the culture of gangs and systemic violence in South Los Angeles. He produced the film for director Stacy Peralta who premiered it at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Dylan also produced and directed an original television series, "CONversations with Ricky Jay," which was built around sleight of hand artist Ricky Jay.[10]


In 2007, Dylan launched Lybba, a non-profit organization focused on the open source healthcare movement. The project, according to Fast Company, "combines the latest verified medical data with social networking to allow patients and health-care professionals to make informed decisions."[5] The self-professed goal of the project is "to create an online central repository of medical information."[11] Since their foundation, Lybba has worked with such partners as the Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N) and Early Development Systems Initiative (EDSI).[12]


In 2020, Dylan was the director and executive producer of "Soros", examining the personal history and public activism of George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Dylan is separated from Susan Traylor, with whom he has a son[14] and a daughter.[15]


  1. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  2. ^ Archived March 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Thakur, P., The Most Important People of the 20th Century (vol 2): Artists & Entertainers (Ludhiana: Pradeep Thakur & Sons, 2010), p. 177.
  4. ^ Caesar, Ed (September 22, 2005). "Bob Dylan: Stories of the songs". Independent Digital News & Media. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Fast Company, 100 Most Creative People In 2010, Accessed February 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Public Knowledge, Archived January 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed February 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Bone Machine album credits". Retrieved November 23, 2007.
  8. ^ Harvard Berkman Center event, Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed February 7, 2011.
  9. ^ Snyder, Pete (February 7, 2012). "Forget the Super Bowl: Which Political Ad Was the All-Time MVP?". Ad Age. AdAge. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Fast Company, Most Creative People In Business In 2010, Speaker bio, Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed February 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Jesse Dylan, Bob Dylan's Son, Invigorates Open Source Health Care With Lybba, September 14, 2010, Archived December 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed February 7, 2011.
  12. ^ Archived July 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Soros | A Film by Jesse Dylan". Soros | A Film by Jesse Dylan. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  14. ^ Greene, Andy (March 25, 2019). "Bob Dylan's Grandson Pablo Explains Why He Went From Rap to Folk Rock". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Welcome to California: A film by Susan Traylor". Track 16 Gallery. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2011.[failed verification]

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