Justin Reese
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Justin, Rae, and E in Le Grand Bornand in Fall 2011

In November 1981, two nice people cuddled. Nine months later, I happened. I’m husband to Rachael and father to two incredible boys and one very eager pup. We live in Texas, but travel when and wherever we can.

Filmmaking is my hobby. I make short narrative and documentary films with a talented group of locals, most often as writer and producer. I chaired a film festival in 2014 and 2015. I could bore you to tears talking about how masterful Ratatouille is.

I’m also a freelance web developer with a designer’s eye and a humanitarian heart. You should probably hire me. I love to travel and work on intense short-term projects with devoted people, especially people from backgrounds—and with talents—wildy different than mine. I love geeks. The more you love something I’ve never heard of, the more I want to sit by you at dinner.

Since 2017, I’ve been working on projects in the civic, journalistic, and humanitarian tech spaces, with clients such as Duke Reporters’ Lab, Bad Idea Factory, MIT Media Lab, Harmony Labs, CQ Roll Call, and author Zeynep Tufekci.

From 2015–2017, I worked on DocumentCloud as part of a small distributed development team supporting newsrooms like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ProPublica. Ever broken Forbes? I have, and you should learn from my mistakes.

From 2008–2015, I freelanced on mostly enterprisey web apps. From 2005–2008, I worked for a couple web development shops. From 2001–2005, I freelanced while earning my BA in English Literature with a minor in Journalism from the University of Texas at Tyler. From 1999–2001, I published a magazine and directory for the world’s largest flea market. From 1997–1999, I earned my AA in Business Administration from Tyler Junior College. From 1994–1995 I acted in a TV show.

Want to get in touch? Email is best, or follow me on GitHub, Instagram, Vimeo, or Twitter.

We’d probably like each other.

– Justin