Jacob grew up in Detroit's Palmer Park, attending Friends school and later Roeper in Birmingham. He began work at One of Us Films in September.
"It's hard to pinpoint exact moments where my point of view was shaped, but I do consider my time at Friends School in Detroit to be formative for many reasons. This was a Quaker School and, while not religious in any explicit sense (we never heard about God), there was an undercurrent of spirituality that manifested itself most clearly in our daily 15 minutes of silence. In the Quaker tradition, silent contemplation and meditation in groups is supposed to give people insight into themselves and their relation to the world.
Looking back, these imposed periods of silence gave me something that I think most children don't get - the opportunity to quietly reflect, to do nothing but get to know myself. This, I believe, informed my work as a documentarian. It is through attentive listening that a good interview comes together, and it is through quiet observation that intimate moments come through for the patient videographer."