Jason Hanasik is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and visual artist whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Camden International Film Festival, and other international and domestic museums, galleries, and film festivals. His short film HOW TO MAKE A PEARL was distributed by The Guardian and nominated for a Student Academy Award. He went on to work again with The Guardian’s Documentaries Division, directing and shooting A CHILDHOOD ON FIRE, which screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, SFFILM Doc Stories, and at DOC NYC, where it received a Special Mention. Jason has produced stories in print, photography, and VR360 for The Los Angeles Times and the front page of the Bay Area Reporter. His photography monograph, I WATCHED HIM SLOWLY DISAPPEAR, is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2019, Jason served as an Expert In Short Documentary Practice at TokyoDocs. He has previously received funding from The Berkeley Film Foundation and The Filmmaker Fund.