I met Jesse Griffith in college.
We both were undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz and he had just made a no-budget sci-fi feature film (the third in a series, if I recall correctly).
It was amateur. It was corny. Everything about it looked like ultra-cheap student filmmaking. But it was a powerfully delirious experience to see a fellow student make a feature film, inspiring my own "don't ask permission" approach many years later.
Jesse now works in the movie industry professionally and continues to make movies on the side -- films that look every bit as polished as any Hollywood blockbuster.
Check out the trailer his latest short film, Cockpit: The Rule of Engagement, and read our exclusive interview with him.