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Jason Hanasik ’03

An Artist Approaches Dark Content

Jason Hanasik ’03 is a San Francisco-based filmmaker, artist/photographer, and curator. His work, which focuses primarily on trauma, reintegration, military experience, and human rights, has been featured at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, in The Los Angeles Times, Routledge’s academic journal Critical Military Studies,and screened at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, IDFA, DOC NYC, the Camden International Film Festival, and on Gap’s screens worldwide.

In March, 2018, The Guardian Documentaries released a short doc by Hanasik. How to Make a Pearl tells the story of a man who suffers from a rare photosensitivity to all light forcing him to live in complete darkness.

The film was a finalist for both a Student Academy Award in 2017 and the IDA’s (International Documentary Association) David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award.

Since graduating from Purchase with a BFA in photography, Hanasik went on to earn an MFA from California College of the Arts and a Master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

In his previous role at Gap, Inc. as the company’s first Global Storyteller, he created their submission for the “It Gets Better” campaign, serving as the director, interviewer, videographer, editor, sound technician, and project manager.