Jesse Cumming is a curator, writer, and researcher based in Toronto. He has curated, co-curated, and presented programs with The Museum of Modern Art, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Tallinn Photomonth Biennal, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Anthology Film Archives, the Volksbühne Berlin, La Cinémathèque québécoise, and more. From 2016 to 2019 he served as Programming Associate for the Wavelengths section of the Toronto International Film Festival, and in 2016 he developed Vertical Features, a Toronto screening series dedicated to non-fiction film and video. He currently serves as a consultant for the Berlinale Forum and Open City Documentary Festival, and from 2016-2020 sat on the steering committee of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar. His writing has appeared in Cinema Scope, The Brooklyn Rail, MUBI Notebook, Filmmaker Magazine, Hyperallergic, Canadian Art, Another Gaze, C Magazine, Berlin Art Link, and more.
In 2020 Cumming participated in a TOKAS Research Residency and was awarded a Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art by the Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation.