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 LifeStyle Magazine’s list of “The Pop Culture Moments That Defined 2013″. He’s also directed commercial video projects for Subway, The Joffrey Ballet, Nutrition Direct, Jos-Cacciatore & Co, and a dozen other companies.
Jason also occasionally produces a very select number of narrative films by other directors. He’s currently co-producing the new feature (Hogtown) by 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 is scheduled to be released this fall. He also produced the new film (Mum) by Alex Bohs, which recently premiered at the London LGBT Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. He also produced a short film (Scotty Work OUT) by Dan Pal, an instructor at DePaul University and Moraine Valley Community College. 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 has cinematography experience. In addition to lensing a handful of narrative films, he’s operated camera on numerous projects including a forthcoming feature documentary about Roger Ebert, the 2012 live-broadcast United States Tennis Association finals, and a documentary that shot on location in Rome. He’s also shot commercial projects/provided videography for organizations like The Joffrey Ballet, Lacuna Artist Lofts, Music Industry Workshop, Jos-Cacciatore & Co., The Bakery Skatepark, and a dozen other companies.