about the filmmaker


“A THIEF AMONG THE ANGELS: Barry Moser and the Making of The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible” won Best Documentary at The Northampton International Film Festival, as well as a Gold Medal at the International Film and Video Festival.   It was featured at The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, The Athens International Film Festival, The Rhode Island Film Festival, The Breckenridge Film Festival, The Arizona International Film Festival, The Religious Arts Film Festival, and The Cucalorus Film Festival.  The film was broadcast on PBS and the BBC, and has been presented at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Jason earns his living making films and videos for New York fashion designers, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kenneth Cole; he’s received multiple awards for his work with each of them.  He then goes broke making his own documentaries, which are stubbornly self-funded.  He finds this arrangement strangely equitable.

     Over the past two decades...
...Jason Kessler has solidified his reputation as a filmmaker, winning over a dozen awards and seeing his work broadcast internationally.
“Q. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?” won a Gabriel Award at the UNDA USA Festival, as well as the Director’s Choice Award at The Black Maria Film Festival.  It was featured at The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, The Detroit Docs Film Festival, and The Long Island International Film Expo. Additionally, it was presented at The Hirshhorn Museum of The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and was featured on PBS and MSNBC.  The film is also part of the training curriculum for California’s Anti-Terrorism Unit.
“...magnificent... a spectacular
piece of work.”

-Brian Williams
NBC News
“...a beautiful

PHOTO: M. Belloff
This is the only known photograph of the reclusive filmmaker.
received a generous jump-start via an Artist’s Residency Award from the prestigious Robert M. McNamara Foundation.
The film has been in the making for over seven years.