Jessey Dearing is a cinematographer, editor and photojournalist based in Seattle. Currently, he is a director of photography for the relaunch of National Geographic’s documentary series, Explorer. He is also in production on the documentary film, SPILLING OVER, which examines the human consequences of BP’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
He grew up in rural, coastal North Carolina and eventually found his way into filmmaking after studying technical, studio photography at Randolph Community College, then photojournalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before moving to Seattle, he lived in Brooklyn where he worked as a cinematographer and film editor for Talking Eyes Media. With TEM he filmed and edited the interactive documentary Bring It to The Table (2013). He graduated from UNC in 2010 and worked on the award-winning documentary projects Powering a Nation (2010), Being Asheville (2009), and Living Galapagos (2009).
His work has taken him all over the world from Kenya to Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan to Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Mexico and across the United States, and has been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, MSNBC, Washington Post, Univision and NPR.