Broadcaster, activist and curator
Jesse Wente is Ojibwe from Toronto. A broadcaster, public speaker and curator, he’s appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years and currently serves as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, overseeing Theatrical, Cinematheque Film Circuit and Exhibition programming. Jesse has curated retrospectives on Indigenous Cinema, Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann and Keanu Reeves. He has appeared in movies such as Reel Injun and Nightmare Factory. Currently a board member on the Toronto Arts Council, Jesse has also served on the boards of the ImagineNative Festival and Native Earth Performing Arts. Jesse lives in Etobicoke with his wife and two children.