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Jason B. Kohl is an award-winning Austrian/American filmmaker and editor from Michigan. 

His films have screened at the Berlinale, SXSW, Locarno, BFI London and Tallinn Black Nights. He has been a Student Academy Award nominee, Vimeo Staff Picked, and won several audience awards. Jason’s writing has been a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Nicholls Fellowship, and the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony.

New Money, Jason’s first feature, is “a smart, engaging thriller” (Film Threat) about a struggling pet store worker who kidnaps her estranged father after he cuts her out of his will. The film stars Louisa Krause (STARZ’s The Girlfriend Experience), Emmy and Gotham Nominee Robin Weigert (HBO’s Big Little Lies), Chelcie Ross (AMC’s Mad Men) and Brendan Sexton III (NETFLIX’s Russian Doll). The film was released in North America by Gravitas Ventures.

Jason is a partner in MAKO Films, a Berlin-based production company. Together with Nora Mandray he has created content for clients including SFMOMA, ARTE, The Atlantic, Field of Vision, Refinery29, Generali and the International Red Cross. Most recently they completed Dancing With Le Pen (EP’d by Oscar Winner Laura Poitras), which premiered at the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

They are currently completing two documentary features. The first, Eli, is set in a prison outside Detroit. The film follows a trio of prisoners who raise Eli, a puppy, to become a guide dog for the blind. The film is EP’d by Sophie Robinson (Emmy nominee for NETFLIX’s My Beautiful Broken Brain). International sales are being handled by The Film Sales Company.

The second, My Recovery, is Refinery29’s first feature documentary. The film follows an incest survivor and her remarkable recovery process. For My Recovery they are working with Viridiana Lieberman, editor of The Sentence (HBO Films), winner of the Audience Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 

Jason is a former Fulbright and DAAD Artist Scholar with an MFA in directing from UCLA Film School. He speaks English, German and French.