Jesse And The Fountain of Youth

Title: Jesse And The Fountain of Youth

Director: Tracey Anarella

Category: Movie Shorts


In “Jesse and The Fountain of Youth” we meet Jesse Cohen, a subway performer trying to break free of busking.

Jesse performs his electrifying, resonant song at “The Busker’s Ball” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It takes us through the different aspects of Jesse’s life.

Jesse moves closer to his goal of performing above ground; he negotiates the line between busking and advancing his career as an above ground performer; a dilemma as old as busking itself.


  • Director: Tracey Anarella
  • Producer: Tracey Anarella
  • Writer: Tracey Anarella
  • Principal Cast: Jesse Cohen and Marc Orleans

Filmmaker Bio:
Tracey Anarella

“Jesse and The Fountain of Youth” is Ms. Anarella’s first film. She not only shot and directed the film, but she edited it as well. “Jesse and The Fountain of Youth” was also selected as a competition film for the 2013 McMinnville (Oregon) Short Film Festival.

In addition to her filmmaking prowess, Tracey is also a rights and clearance specialist in the areas for music synchronization.  She was responsible for all rights in clearances being obtained for the 2012 feature film “Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship”, now in theatrical and DVD/digital release.

Recently, she served as Director of Digital Media for the upcoming PBS series Real Guys (co-developed and co-produced by Sound Stories). For this project, Tracey  managed strategy, design and build-out of the Real Guys website, and oversaw the series’ social networking campaign.

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