Bio

 

My name is Jason, and I am a filmmaker and photographer based in Austin, TX. I graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in Cinema Studies and Hispanic Studies in 2010, and am currently pursuing an MFA degree in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin. I enjoy writing and directing both documentary and fiction films, often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large, and have been an avid photographer since high school.  After finishing my service in the Peace Corps in 2012, I founded a nonprofit film literacy organization, CineAid, in an effort to make film more accessible to at-risk youth who have little access to the medium. We now hold an annual film festival in Austin, Texas, and continue to expand our free educational outreach programs. My films have been recognized by film festivals worldwide, such as the: PalmSprings International Shortfest, Costa Rica International Film Festival, Barcelona International Film Festival, Cine Las Americas Film Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival, American Documentary Film Festival, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Boston Latino International Film Festival, Johns Hopkins Film Festival, Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, Ballston Spa Film Festival, ACAMPADOC Panama, and the Global Peace Film Festival, among numerous others. I have also produced work for the New York Times, Univision, Vice, and Light Reading. Basically, I like movies a lot. I like talking about them, making them, reading about them, and of course, watching them. The same goes for photography. If you are interested in commenting on my work, sharing your own work, or potentially collaborating, please feel free to get in touch. As far as non-filmmaking/photography activities, I like to run marathons, speak Spanish, and play traditional Scottish and Irish fiddle music. 

Awards

Audience Award in the Hechos en Tejas Program at the Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2016

Honorable Mention for Directing from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image 2016

El Rey Award for Excellence in Short Documentary Filmmaking at the Barcelona International Film Festival 2016

3rd Prize at the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival 2016

Nicholas Cominos Grant for Humanitarian Filmmaking 2014

Best Dramatic Short at the Canton Film Festival 2011

Best Screenplay at the Columbia University National Undergraduate Film Festival 2010

Best Student Film at the Ballston Spa Film Festival 2008

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