About Jason Stefaniak
Writer/Director Jason Stefaniak’s early career successes include:
An Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Student Production from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his documentary on a bike co-op and sustainability practices in Baltimore.
Jason's short film This Is My Body was featured on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, has been viewed online over 820,000 times in 133 countries and has cultivated an online community of nearly 8,000 people.
Jason is the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellows Fund Grant and an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholarship.
Footage from his documentary, The Organizer’s Burden, was used in the 20/20 episode titled “If I Only Had A Gun,” which aired on primetime television in April 2009.
His film, The Garden, won a Manhattan International Film Festival award, was a Hallmark Movie Channel Film Positive Finalist, won the REEL 13 Channel 13 contest four times, was aired on NYCTV and NYC Channel 13, has been screened at film festivals in nine states, was screened at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City in April 2012, and was chosen for live accompaniment by the NYU Symphony Orchestra.
Jason received a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. His films have been featured on The Huffington Post, The Progressive, MoveOn.org, Upworthy, have screened at the United Nations and at festivals across the United States, and have been viewed nearly 1,000,000 times online while generating an online community of over 7,500 fans. He is the producer of the award-winning short film, A Warm Spell (World Premiere, Clermont-Ferrand), and the Brooklyn Film Festival Audience Choice Award-winning feature film, But Not For Me (Official Selection - 2015 Virginia Film Festival), which co-stars Roger Guenveur Smith (Chi-Raq, Do The Right Thing). In 2015, he co-founded the collaborative production company, Impolite Company.