Jason’s work is informed by an existential, humanistic philosophy; with ostensibly simple narratives, he attempts to paint meditative portraits with complex philosophical implications. His goal is to explore, challenge, and ultimately redefine our normative perceptions. His narrative films have screened at over 50 festivals in 8 countries and won over a dozen awards. His work has been featured in/on Good Morning America, Larry King Now, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun- Times, ABC, NBC, and 200+ other media outlets. In 2011 and again in 2014, he was named the “Best Filmmaker” in Chicago by the Chicago Reader, as part of its annual “Best of Chicago” issue. 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. His music videos have millions and millions of online views, and one he directed last year 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″. Commercial clients include Subway, The Joffrey Ballet, Nutrition Direct, Jos-Cacciatore & Co, Chambers Business Suites, Three Sisters Publishing, Dr. Zaibak Dentristy, and a dozen other companies.
Jason’s cinematography has been called by directors and editors as intimate, intentional, and expressive. Jason’s specialities are capturing, with a penetrating sensitivity to the subjects, the emotional truth hidden within quiet moments, and conversely, constructing carefully and strikingly composed frames. Jason also works as a cinematographer. In addition to lensing a handful of narrative films, he’s operated camera for live-broadcast events, including the 2012 United States Tennis Association finals; operated camera for numerous documentaries, including a forthcoming Roger Ebert feature; and shot over 75 commercial/videography projects. Cinematography work has taken him to Rome, Amsterdam, and a dozen cities across the United States.
Jason has produced a very select number of narrative films by other directors. He co-produced HOGTOWN (2014) by director Dan Nearing, whose last film was on Roger Ebert’s “Best Art Films of the Year” list and is now distributed by Vanguard Cinema. HOGTOWN premiered at the Black Harvest Film Festival and will be screening next month at the Calgary International Film Festival, alongside new films by Jean-Luc Godard and Xavier Dolan. Jason also produced MUM (2013), the latest film by director Alex Bohs, which premiered at the London LGBT Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. It’s also screened at festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Seattle. Also in 2013, Jason produced SCOTTY WORKS OUT, directed by Dan Pal. SCOTTY is currently on the festival circuit and was recently named ‘Audience Favorite’ at the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and received the People’s Choice Award at the Geneva Film Festival. Jason also co-produced THE ORIGINS OF WIT AND HUMOR, a feature that will be released later this year.