LA native Jason Joel Harris began making films in the 90s as a form of documentation. He filmed professional skateboarders and short skits, and, after he opened his specialty skateboard shop "Time" in Palmdale in 1996, promo videos. A Super 8 film class led him to study at CalArts’ School of Film/Video, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees.
As a cinematographer, Jason has filmed numerous music videos, many of which played on MTV2 in the mid-2000s, for such bands as Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Cave Singers and The Blood Brothers. His short film Why was part of the 2000 Newport Beach Film Festival. In 2004, his short stop-motion film, The Distant, went on tour with the Echo Park Film Center and was screened throughout Europe. His 2005 undergrad short narrative film Young Turks was presented in the juried selection special screening at REDCAT. In 2006, his feature cinematography debut Analog Days screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was in contention for a narrative prize. Soon after, he received a Panavision grant, and next shot the short film Front with Justin Kelly. Jason has also stepped in front of the camera in several films, most notably in the post-apocalyptic western Black Dragon Canyon (2005 world premiere, Viennale film festival) in which he acted alongside Amy Seimetz (AMC’s The Killing).
Jason is currently working with Nathan Meier on two feature documentaries entitled Mr. Clown and Logan’s Syndrome. At CalArts, he teaches Acting for the Camera, and has co-taught Flixus for the last seven years.