Director / Producer / Editor
Jason has worked in film and video production in Seattle, where he was born and raised, for the last 13 years. He attended the University of Washington and graduated with distinction in 2000 with a double major in Cinema Studies and Comparative Literature. As a prolific director, producer and editor, Jason has amassed a large body of creative work including documentary films, narrative films and music videos.
In 2003, he directed his first film, The Reid/Secrest Olympics, a self-produced 40-minute comedy/documentary. Based on the success of this film, Reid was hired to edit a 22-hour, 12-DVD box set called On The Film Scene, a compilation of interviews with filmmakers from 1978-1985. In 2006, looking to try his hand at longer form narrative storytelling, Reid and his friends produced a 77-minute comedy, Haymaker & Sally. They made the film for $10,000 out of pocket and screened it in Seattle and New York.
After that, Reid formed his own company, 2R Productions, directing and producing projects for paid clients while also making narrative shorts, documentaries and music videos, expanding his filmmaking skills and network of collaborators.
2R Productions now works with companies such as Microsoft, Costco, Amazon and The New York Times on corporate videos, TV commercials, web marketing and journalism pieces. In 2008, Reid began directing, producing and editing two feature documentaries that would achieve new levels of recognition:
Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai tells the story of four American friends and their Chinese guide as they bicycle more than 1,000 miles between China’s two largest cities. The 86-minute film aired on Northwest PBS affiliate KCTS9, winning Reid a Regional Emmy® Award for Director.
Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team exposes the truth behind the Seattle SuperSonics relocation to OKC. The original 2-hour film was released online in 2009 and won the Webby Award for Best Sports Film. In 2012, CNBC aired Sonicsgate and it can now be seen on ESPN Classic and most major digital platforms.
Working to keep his narrative chops, Reid frequently contributed original short comedy films to the RAWSTOCK Film Festival, a 10-year running event founded by Barista co-writer Justin Freet. In 2011, they produced an ambitious experimental project titled Every Day is a Journey, an episodic narrative series told in six chapters, directed by six different filmmakers.
Jason’s recent filmography includes credits as producer on the feature documentaries K2: Siren of the Himalayas (2012), Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (2013) and The Kicker (In Post) with dozens of client videos and music projects. Jason and the 2R Productions team have several exciting projects currently in production and development, including a feature narrative screenplay he hopes to produce and direct in 2016.