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When I Last Saw Jesse

2018, Brian Rose, USA, 82 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 7th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 11th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

On the night of Nov. 21, 2006, Jesse Ross, a University of Missouri at Kansas City sophomore attending a Model U.N. conference in Chicago, left a party at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. He was never seen again, dead or alive. As a friend later recalled, "It's like he fell off the face of the earth." Police theorized that Jesse fell into the Chicago River, but several searches failed to turn up a body. Brian Rose, a KC-based filmmaker who had never met Jesse, became engrossed by the case and spent six years making this unconventional and haunting documentary about it. The interview subjects are never shown but only heard in voiceover as grainy 16mm black-and-white footage retraces the dark roads and corridors that Jesse traversed on those last fateful days before he vanished. In effect, we are placed in the limbo of Jesse's mystery, neither present nor absent, alive nor dead—a mystery which his parents and filmmaker Rose have never given up trying to solve. DCP digital. (MR)

Director Brian Rose is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.

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