I was fortunate enough to be featured in the latest issue of GWU Today! The article released today and covers my time at Gardner-Webb University and my experiences and successes following graduation. Click the button to read the full article, or check out a small excerpt below.
Jessup's first major filmmaking project was the feature-length documentary, “The Dancin’ Bulldogs: A 16 Seed’s Journey to the NCAA Tournament.” This story chronicles the 2018-2019 season of the Gardner-Webb men’s basketball team in their first trip to the national tournament in school history.
I directed that one myself because I was looking for an opportunity to work. It was a great chance both to grow as a composer, but also to grow as a filmmaker in my directorial debut. I worked with Gardner-Webb alums Eli Hardin and Brendan Boylan, and a Gardner-Webb student, Thomas Manning.
“The Dancin’ Bulldogs” has been selected to multiple film festivals in North Carolina, and has also garnered a couple of monthly honors from the IndieEye Film Awards (Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Music).
Jessup currently resides in Raleigh with his wife, Megan, a GWU Class of 2019 graduate. Megan is also from Boiling Springs. They met at Crest High School, before both advancing on to GWU a year apart from one another.
Those years we spent together at Gardner-Webb really forged our relationship and started off a good marriage.
With all this in mind, it is easy to see why Jessup specifically describes Gardner-Webb as family. Although his horizons have expanded outward beyond Boiling Springs, the roots of this campus and town continue to be a large part of who he is.