Latchkey Films specializes in documentary and non-fiction storytelling. It was co-founded by longtime friends and collaborators: Nick Capote, Jackie Jesko, and Alex Waterfield.

We tell stories about fascinating people, places, and subcultures, with access-driven filmmaking firmly rooted in journalistic sensibility. With every project we take on, we seek to open minds and reveal hidden truths about the world we all live in.

It’s a mission that has brought us to over 70 countries, from conflict zones in the Middle East to the most remote corners of the Arctic. We tackle every project with a combination of journalistic excellence, ambitious visual storytelling, and deep curiosity. This approach has earned the Latchkey Team nearly every major journalism award out there, including six Emmys, two Murrows, and a Dupont.

Latchkey’s most recent projects include Savior Complex, a three-part series for HBO Documentary Films; Between Life & Death, a feature documentary for MSNBC Films; and Demons & Saviors, a three-part series for Hulu.

Nick is a documentary director and producer. His work has been honored with many prestigious awards, including two Emmys. He has produced and directed documentary television shows for National Geographic, Disney+, ABC, and NBC. He led a field production team on Showtime’s political documentary series, The Circus. And he produced the first three episodes of The Innocence Files, a critically-acclaimed Netflix series about wrongful convictions.

Most recently, Nick executive produced two of Latchkey’s forthcoming documentary series for HBO Films and Hulu. He also directed Latchkey’s feature documentary, Between Life & Death, for MSNBC Films. Nick is Cuban American. He grew up in New York and New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

JACKIE JESKO is an award-winning director, producer, and journalist who loves telling stories about complicated people, places, and society. Most recently, she directed the three-part series Savior Complex for HBO Documentary Films.

Prior to that, Jackie worked at VICE News, where she dodged airstrikes in Syria, walked across borders with asylum-seeking refugees, and questioned the boundaries of sexual consent in a post #MeToo America.

Her work with ABC News, Showtime, Hulu and HBO has been honored with numerous awards including a DuPont, an Emmy, and the James Foley Medal for Courage in Journalism.

Alex’s diverse career has spanned the spectrum of non-fiction storytelling. He has managed large teams at CNN, Vice, and Vox Media as a showrunner and executive producer. He has directed documentaries for Hulu, Nat Geo and Disney+. He’s won multiple Emmy awards and an Edward R Murrow award for his investigative reporting as a producer at ABC News.

Alex came to New York by way of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the UK. He caught the documentary bug at Columbia University J-School, where his student film about homeless queer youth in NYC was acquired by MTV Networks. He’s a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

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