Played by Jason Mann
Jason Mann is an independent filmmaker based in New York City. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His short film 'Delicacy,' which was shot in England, premiered at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival. It was also selected for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Another short film, 'The Leisure Class,' premiered at Raindance in London in 2013.
His previous short film, 'On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres,' made while he was still an undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, premiered at the Boston Film Festival in 2007 and played at the Palm Springs and Newport Beach film festivals, among others. The film garnered awards for Best Film and Best Director from his university. His prior film, 'Laocoön,' shot on location in Italy, received the university’s award for Best Cinematography and was broadcast on the PBS 'Fine Cut' series. While at LMU, Mann was also an assistant teacher for courses on directing actors, lead by veteran actor/director Barry Primus.
Mann has produced films in Corfu, Greece and Johannesburg, South Africa. He was the director of photography and co-producer for the webseries 'Bad Dads', starring Michael Cera & Will Hines, distributed by College Humor. He was also the director of photography for the narrative feature 'The Year of the Gun,' shot in Lagos, Nigeria, about Nigeria’s political upheaval in the 1980s. He had previously collaborated with the Nigeria born director Seyi Babatope on commercials and music videos, one of which won Video of the Year from MTV Africa in 2008. Mann was also the editor and consultant for the film 'Stepsister' directed by Joey Izzo, which was selected for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation.
Mann received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. Degree in Film Directing from Columbia University, where he has been a teaching assistant and instructor to undergraduates for renowned film programmer and historian Richard Peña’s course on 1960-1990 International Cinema.