DIRECTOR | Jason works primarily as a director of narrative films, music videos, and commercial projects. His work has been called “poignant” and “intelligent” by The Huffington Post, “heartbreaking” and “raw” by The Los Angeles Times, and “sexy” and “risqué” by The Wall Street Journal. His films and music videos have played at over 70 festivals in 10 countries and won a dozen festival awards. His work has been featured across television, including Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Windy City Live, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News. His music videos have millions of online views, and his 2013 viral “All-American Boy” video for artist Steve Grand made Buzzfeed’s list of “The Most Brilliant Music Videos of the Year” and InStyle Magazine’s list of “The Pop Culture Moments That Defined 2013″. His videos for Steve Grand culminated in a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, which was first donated to by Larry King live on his show. In 2011 and again in 2014, he was named the “Best Filmmaker” in Chicago by the Chicago Reader. He was the runner-up in 2012. He was also recently listed and called “soon-to-be-famous” in a WBEZ (NPR) article about top Chicago filmmakers. This year, he was profiled and featured in Michigan Avenue Magazine’s centerpiece story as a top Chicago filmmaker. Commercially, he’s helmed projects for dozens of companies including the Joffrey Ballet, Subway, Nutrition Direct, Three Sisters Publishing, Jos-Cacciatore & Co, Interior Define, and Kramer, which have been broadcast on diverse channels including E!, CNN, Fox, Lifetime, ESPN, and OWN.
CINEMATOGRAPHER | Jason also works as a cinematographer and camera operator. His cinematography work includes narrative films, commercial projects, documentaries, music videos, and live-broadcast television. Cinematography projects have taken him to Italy, Israel, Palestine, and two dozen cities across the US.
PRODUCER | Jason very selectively becomes involved with projects in a producing capacity. In 2013, he was the sole producer of Mum, a short film directed by Alex Bohs. After premiering at the BFI London LGBT Film Festival, it went on to play at festivals in Toronto, Melbourne, Taipei, San Francisco, Vancouver, Köln, Durham, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Ontario, Pensacola, Seattle, and Rainier. It was named the Best Short of 2013 by Far Out Magazine and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. Also that year, he produced Scotty Works Out, a short film directed by Dan Pal. The film won the People’s Choice Award at the Geneva Film Festival and was named Audience Favorite at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Other festival screenings were in Chicago, Santa Barbara, Spokane, and Sante Fe. In late 2014, Hogtown, a feature film Jason co-produced that was directed by Dan Nearing, premiered at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago. After that, it went to the Calgary International Film Festival, Black International Cinema Berlin, and the Charlotte Black Film Festival. The Chicago Sun-Times called Hogtown ”the most original film made in Chicago to date”, describing it as a “mesmerizing tone poem” and “epic tragedy of race”. The Chicago Tribune said it revealed “Chicago’s mysterious, painful beauty”, and Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com said the film was a “remarkably daring piece of work conceptually”. Also released in 2015 was The Origins of Wit and Humor, which Jason co-produced. Still on the festival circuit, the film won Best Comedy at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and Best Actor at the Hill County Film Festival, and has had additional screenings at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, Montreal Cinefest, Festival South Film Expo, Louisville International Festival of Film, Hershey-Harrisburg Film Festival, and the Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival.