CAROLINE LAI HUNG BLAIR
An opposites attract romantic comedy about a romance novelist with writer's block and the literary snob editor she's forced to work with on her forthcoming novel.
Caroline Lai Hung Blair is a television writer and filmmaker from Honolulu. A fourth-generation Chinese and Japanese American, her writing explores the rage and desire of Asian American women through many genres, but with particular emphasis on romance and mystery. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where she received several awards and fellowships including the Jack Larson Award for Collaboration and the Arthur Krim Memorial Award. She is currently a showrunner’s assistant at Universal Television.
The President's Cake
Despite severe sanctions on Iraq, nine-year-old Saeed must use his wits to make the mandatory cake to celebrate President Saddam Hussein's birthday or his family will be imprisoned.
Hasan Hadi is an Iraqi writer/director based in New York. His short, SWIMSUIT won an Oscar-qualified award at Urbanworld. Hasan’s recognitions include the Tisch Dean’s Fellowship, The Gotham-Marcie Bloom Fellowship, the Black Family Production Prize, the Sloan Foundation Award and the BAFTA Newcomers Program. Currently, Hasan is an adjunct professor at NYU's Graduate Film Program.
ANDERSON JOHN HEINZ
Sara Bowman-Moore hopes a summer in the Rockaways will save the relationship between she and her wife Joan, but as a traveling group of mermaids also arrive in the Rockaways, a secret from Joan's past threatens to alter everything Sara knows about her wife.
Anderson John Heinz is a playwright, screenwriter and poet. His full length plays include BEFORE THE DEVIL MADE ME RUN, PAINTED BRICK/WHITE HOUSES, RITA IN THAILAND and BABY ALLEN. Anderson's theatrical work has been presented at Joe’s Pub, The Flea, The Tank, The Brick, New York Theatre Barn, Tiny Rhino and several of Brooklyn’s most lavish living rooms. His serialized play SOUTH BEND <3 STORY, a comedic imagining of Chasten and Pete Buttigieg on the presidential campaign trail, won the Peoples Improv Theater’s inaugural Show of Shows competition. Anderson is a current member of the Dramatists Guilds writers group and a former member of the Project Y and Musical Theatre Factory writers groups. He currently serves as Office Manager/Executive Assistant with Daryl Roth Productions. He formerly served as Showrunners’ PA to Michelle and Robert King on their shows THE GOOD FIGHT and EVIL (both streaming on Paramount+). Anderson was born in Mobile, Alabama and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the proud uncle of 15 nieces and nephews. www.AndersonJohnHeinz.com
Rejected by her dream Christian college, a devout teenager’s faith is further demolished after she’s possessed by a blood-thirsty demon.
Jacob Harpel is a Los Angeles-based writer from Dallas, Texas. With an immense passion for horror, Jacob uses the ever-evolving genre to explore complex family dynamics, psychological repression and the endless terrors of growing up in the southern suburbs. His horror comedy pilot Possessed! has landed in the top 10% of several ScreenCraft contests while his thriller feature My Own Flesh and Blood recently placed as a second rounder in the Austin Film Festival Script Competition. Graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Film and Television, Jacob’s writing career began on the Dallas-produced cable network docuseries Murder Made Me Famous where he received the opportunity to write two episodes after turning in a spec to his showrunner. Since his move to California, Jacob has had the great fortune to work as a synopsis writer for Netflix while developing his own projects for the screen. Jacobharpel.com
A grieving woman starts work for a wealthy employer who forces her servants to play a strange and dangerous game of role-play. As the stakes increase, the woman must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to become the favorite.
Tarik Karam is an Arab-American filmmaker based in New York. After graduating from the American Film Institute, he co-produced and directed Second Unit on the Oscar®- nominated film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close after working in a similar capacity on Oscar®-nominated The Reader. Since then, his short films have premiered at festivals such as Tribeca and Clermont-Ferrand while also being Vimeo Staff Picks. For Netflix, he has directed What They Left Behind, an award winning gun violence documentary, as well as several episodes of a racing documentary series. Tarik has also produced The House of Tomorrow starring Oscar®-winner Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, and Alex Wolff. Tarik’s screenplays have been selected for Sundance’s Producing Lab, Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, awarded as quarter-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships, and finalist in American Zoetrope’s Screenplay Competition. On the commercial front, Tarik has directed award winning content for The New York Times, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, The Wall Street Journal, and many others.
A not-quite-young, thoroughly Midwestern woman makes her way to the Big Apple in 1941 with her sights set on Broadway, but ends up working for the mob instead. Three years later, when her dreams of the stage finally come calling, she needs to find a way to survive extricating herself from her...survival job.
Lauren Marcus is an actor and writing living in NYC.
She is currently developing her television pilot, Honest Living, as well as her new musical, Lauren and The Case of The Missing Hair (book/music/lyrics), which is receiving a 29-hour developmental reading from Two River Theater this winter.
Lauren is a recipient of the 2021 Penn State New Musical Theatre Initiative Comission (alongside Alexander Sage Oyen, music, and James Presson, book).
Lauren’s children’s musical, The Meanest Birthday Girl (book/lyrics), ran as part of the 2015 NY Children’s Theatre Festival at the Players Theatre.
Love Letter (book and original music co-written by Joe Iconis), a hybrid cabaret/musical/rock show celebrating Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, played sold out runs at Don’t Tell Mama’s and Feinstein’s/54 Below in 2017 and 2019.
As a singer-songwriter, Lauren released her debut EP, Never Really Done With You, in 2016. She held residencies at Rockwood Music Hall in 2019 and 2021.
Lauren made her 2019 Broadway debut in the original cast of Be More Chill. Her feature film debut recently occurred in Lin- Manuel Miranda’s tick, tick...BOOM!
Lauren is an alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. BM : NYU; MA : Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
If You Seek Britney
When Zola, an overweight and insecure teen, wins front row tickets to see Britney Spears, she has to manipulate her rival and older brother, Zeus, a wannabe gangster, to give her a ride, but when his plans derail them, they find themselves on the longest night of their lives and she realizes she must stop at nothing to meet her idol.
Ama Quao is a first-generation African-American comedy writer who recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York. Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, she studied playwriting and American Studies at Brown and received her MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University.
While at Columbia, she interned at A24 as a development intern and studied improv at UCB before working as a writers’ assistant on JJ Abram’s Demimonde on HBO, Apple TV’s Shining Girls, and the upcoming Amazon Original, Outer Range. Ama won best screenplay at the 2020 Urbanworld film festival and was selected as a fellow for the 2021 Disney General Entertainment Writing program. This year, she worked as a staff writer on the upcoming Freeform show, Single Drunk Female and Hulu’s How I Met Your Father.
When Carina Joshi, a gifted neuroscience PhD student, faces a premature end to her cutting edge research, which investigates whether dreams can be harnessed to unlock the creativity of the brain, she must outsmart the impending fate of academic failure predicted by her astrologer mother even if it means sacrificing the very ethos her late scientist father died for.
Richa Rudola is an NYC-based statistician-turned-filmmaker from India. Her films have screened at 45+ festivals around the world and won 10+ awards. Her work has been supported by The Future Of Film Is Female, Stowe Narrative Lab, Tasveer, and Diverse Intelligence Summer Institute.
Current projects include a TV series in development about neuroscience which won Best Hour Pilot at the 2020 Nashville Film Festival and is currently on the Coverfly RED List for Top TV Dramas for 2021, and a genre anthology piece for the 2022 Open Door Film Project. Her work has been profiled in Women & Hollywood, Brown Girl Magazine, several podcasts, and more.
Richa is a strong proponent for increasing diversity in storytelling and serves as the Vice President of Development for NYC Women Filmmakers, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in film. She is drawn to stories of courage, even more as a new mother.
I'm Sorry I Brought Up God
Hunting for information about her brother's mysterious death, Gwen shows up at an AA meeting - his AA meeting. As she becomes addicted to this absurd space between God and ghosts, how many lies will she have to tell before she finds the truth?
Emily Zemba is a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter, and occasional puppeteer. The recent production of her play Superstitions – as part of The Pool 2021 – was praised by New York Magazine as “Elegant and weird” and “a return to what Off-Off was originally for.” Some of Emily’s other plays include Deer and the Lovers (First Floor Theater), Clockwork (Local Lab), On Loss and Mice and Monsters and Love (LPAC), and Have You Been There (Rattlestick F*ck!ng Good Plays Festival). Her work has been developed with places like Boston Court Pasadena, ANT Fest, Exquisite Corpse, Theater Masters, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), Two River Theater ... and also at places not like them at all. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges and The Playwrights Center. Emily’s short film Out of Office was an official selection of the 2021 Chattanooga Film Festival (co-directed with Emma Wiseman). This spring Emily will be co-creating an original audio tour for Oklahoma City as part of OKC Rep’s “Reboot Season.” Her newest play The Strangers Came Today, created with joint-stock collective SOCIETY, will be produced June 2022 in rep with a world premiere by Mona Mansour. BA: Sarah Lawrence; MFA: Yale School of Drama | emilyzemba.com
Filmmakers' Workshop Director
Mallom Liggon is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where he studied Screenwriting and African American Studies. During his time at LMU, he served as Director of Impact and Partnerships for Diverso, a student-run nonprofit that builds initiatives for diverse students to break into the entertainment industry. At Diverso, Mallom co-created and served as co-program director of Black Writers In Focus, the first-ever paid internship program for Black screenwriters. As a senior at LMU, Mallom led a successful fundraising campaign, with donors including Issa Rae and Deniese Davis's COLOR CREATIVE, Oprah Winfrey's OWN, WARNER MEDIA, and more to make the program a reality. As program director, Mallom coordinated a curriculum and marketing push that included mentors and speakers like Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), and others. Mallom's passion for creating stories, and helping others, comes from his past as someone who overcame behavioral issues in his youth. As a storyteller and philanthropist, Mallom loves to give second chances to his characters, and to as many others as possible through his educational diversity work, just like his teachers and loved ones gave him one when he needed it most.
Willow is a magic realism folktale drama about an 8 year old girl who leaves her house in the middle of the night in search of her drug seeking mother only to find herself in a magical forest with a strangely intentional german-shepherd dog, flying feral kids, a commune of tree-sap-drinking dancing women and a giant matriarch creature. Young Willow discovers untapped strength and courage during her adventure and returns home to mom with newfound insight and conviction about ending the trauma in her home and breaking the cycle of addiction.
Nancy Bannon is a filmmaker and performer. She was recently nominated for a Certain Age grant in honor of Lynn Shelton and was a member of New York Stage and Film’s 2020 Filmmaker Workshop. Her feature screenplays have been recognized by festivals, contests and labs (including 2X Nicholl QF) and her short screenplay, “Blood” was published in The Southampton Review. Original theater work includes: Cornfield, Puncture, The Pod Project. As movement director: Romeo and Juliet (w/ Orlando Bloom) on Broadway, more. Off-Broadway: Occupied Territories, a play (nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards) which she co-wrote and plays a leading role. Nancy was a professional dancer for over a decade, most notably with Doug Varone and Dancers. Awards: 3 Princess Grace Awards, a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award, multiple prizes and scholarships. BFA: Juilliard. Faculty: SUNY Purchase, Rutgers University, American University (current), Wyo Film Festival and The Studio Acting Conservatory.
When a troubled pre-med student persuades his religious, terminally ill mother to try magic mushrooms, they go on a psychedelic romp through New Orleans, reconnecting until a fight exposes a rift in their relationship he’s desperate to heal before he loses his mom forever.
David Baugnon is an award-winning filmmaker and writer, chosen as one of the International Screenwriters' Association Top 25 Writers to Watch in 2018. His feature screenplayTrip finished in the Top 50 of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His hour-long TV script, The Messiah Project, won several awards including Showtime's Tony Cox Television Pilot Competition at the Nantucket Film Festival and the Silver Prize at the Page Awards in 20013 and he was named a Fast Track Fellow by the ISA in 2015. His directing credits include the feature documentary Art in the Face of War which won Best Documentary at Lake Havasu Film Festival 2009 and the Special Jury Prize at Newport Beach Film Festival 2007, among other wins. His short documentary Matisyahu screened in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and won the Grand Prize at AOL Moviefone Short Film Festival in 2006. www.davidbaugnon.com
In a post-human Earth ruled by an oppressive regime of intelligent androids called "Titans," a lone human girl named Rania (14) has grown up in secret, under the protective custody of a friendly robot family. But when the Titans discover Rania, she will have to flee her only home, face the evil robot empire, discover the frightening truth of her past, and connect with her inner potential to save the last vestiges of humanity.
Rob Bellon is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA film program, where he earned his degree in screenwriting and TV writing. Rob's thesis, Pariah, a dystopian sci-fi pilot about a human girl searching for her family in a world ruled by androids, was selected for the 2020 New York Stage and Film Television Workshop, as well as for the invite-only Imagine Impact Creative Network. Rob has written four TV pilots, two feature screenplays, and he has directed three short films. He is a two-time Telly award winning animator and VFX artist. He interned at independent production company Big Beach, and has a BA in English from Binghamton University, where he studied postcolonial literature. Rob loves history, growing plants, and ice skating with his family.
The Bitter Pill
The Bitter Pill is a romantic-comedy-gone-wrong between an internet misogynist and a radical feminist who used to be childhood best friends, and reunite as failed young adults, living in their parents' basements, and working at Whole Foods.
Anika Benkov is a writer based in New York who tells stories about the kinks in life and in ourselves, loneliness, and growing pains at all ages. Their award-winning short film, The Binding of Itzi' received the Jewish Film Institute's Annual Completion grant and is currently screening at film festivals worldwide. Their screenplays have been recognized in the Sloan Mentorship program at Columbia University and made it to the second round of the Sundance Development Lab competition. They are currently finishing their MFA in film at Columbia University.
Two teenagers from the same side of the tracks change their world by battling MysEducation in the Chicago school sector coupled with the harsh realities of the south side of Chicago while becoming the best of friends.
Yakira Chambers is a Los Angeles based writer/producer/actor from Chicago. She is a 2021 Viacom CBS Writers Mentoring Program alum, and just wrapped a fellowship in the 2021 NY Stage and Film Filmmakers workshop. Yakira has an (MBA) Masters of Business Administration and a background in Corporate America. Yakira has developed her original pilot with eOne and is developing a feature film with State Street Pictures. Yakira is currently staffed on "NCIS: Hawaii" and is repped by Brandy Rivers at Industry Entertainment and A3 Artists Agency.
Air Force pilot Major Zoe Osborne's life is turned upside down when she encounters an unidentified flying object and sets out on a journey to try to understand her experience. Along the way she clashes with the military, the government, Evangelicals and alien chasers, eventually finding solace with a group of scientists and ufologists.
Kim Dempster has put her unique signature on numerous projects including commercials, music videos, inter-active and narrative film. As both a writer and director, Kim has always been attracted to projects with a social conscience. Kim’s short films have been recognized at many film festivals. In 2008 Kim directed Marmalade, a feature film produced by Goldheart Pictures. In 2013 she wrote & directed, Stop The Nightmare, a series of short films about human trafficking. In 2014 she brought the atrocity of modern-day slavery to the streets of New York with a series of live performances. Kim spoke at TEDx about the creative community’s ability and responsibility to use their skills to incite change. As well as her theatrical work Kim has enjoyed a successful career as a commercial director. She has spent the past two decades honing her visual skills while directing national and global campaigns. Kim also wrote and created The Gods of Park Avenue, an interactive series for P&G. Kim is an active member of The Directors Guild of America, Women in Film & Television and Film Fatales.
Ways to Hide in Winter
Based upon Sarah St. Vincent's acclaimed debut novel, this is the story of a woman, long stuck in the small town she grew up in, whose unexpected friendship with a war criminal forces her to reconcile a legacy of trauma and grapple with her own notions of good and evil.
Jenny Halper’s adaptation of Laura van den Berg's story What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, The Burning Season, was a Sloan Grantee via the Tribeca Film Institute, received a Film Independent Fellowship, placed on the Athena List and the 2016 Black List, and received a 2018 Sloan Grant from Film Independent. Her adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s At Risk received a Film Independent Fellowship and placed on the 2018 Black List. She is currently developing several TV series and recently adapted a non-fiction book for Social Construct Films (The Mauritanian). As EVP of Film at Maven Screen Media her credits include The Kindergarten Teacher, American Honey, Skin, and A Mouthful of Air. As a fiction writer, she is an Our Stories Emerging Writer Award winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee with stories published and reprinted in places including the Chicago Tribune, Roxane Gay’s Pank, Joyland, and the Southeast Review, and her story collection was a finalist for the 2015 St. Lawrence Book Prize. She is represented by Untitled Entertainment and CAA.
Clarinet whiz kid Benny Goodman soars from dire poverty to jazz royalty, only to risk it all to form America's first interracial band.
Alessandro King is a New York-based writer. Alessandro’s screenplay Goodman has placed in multiple recent contests, including the Academy Nicholl Fellowship (quarterfinalist), Cinequest, Screencraft, WeScreenplay, Creative World Awards, Write L.A., and the Atlanta Film Festival. His pilot Cartunion also has multiple placements, including current second-round status for the Sundance Episodic Lab. Alessandro’s stage plays have been produced or developed at Primary Stages, The Cherry Lane, The Tank (7x7), The Flea (Serials), Trustus Theatre, New Dramatists, Fordham University, and Sarah Lawrence College. He is the winner of the 2011 Trustus Playwrights Festival, a semifinalist for New Dramatists membership, a two-time semifinalist for the O’Neill Conference, and a three-time finalist for the Heideman award. BA: Sarah Lawrence. MFA: Fordham/Primary Stages. alessandroking.com
A young pregnant mother of two struggles to gain custody of her first two children while facing the decision of what to do with her soon to be born third child amidst poverty and drug addiction.
Grammy nominee, Savanah Leaf has transitioned from 2012 Olympian to accomplished director and photographer. Her work weaves art and creativity with a deep humanity and poignant social commentary. In 2019 Savanah was asked to write and direct a new video for Marvin Gaye's 1971 classic 'What's Going On'. It was the first in Universal Music's ‘Never Made’ series; great songs that never had a music video. By focusing on current racial and social struggles in the US, from the water crisis of Flint, Michigan to the perennial horror of school shootings, and the chronic depravations of the US Healthcare system, the film highlights the continuing relevance of Marvin’s question nearly 50 years later. In The Ayes Have It, Savanah visually imagines Tiana Clark’s poem, written in response to the murders of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin – both very young, African Americans who were murdered almost 60 years apart in similar circumstances. Her filmmaking is genuine, emotional and timeless, traits that can be seen in recent work for Tena through AMV BBDO, and her lockdown animation project #wemattertoo, which studies prison life in America during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Savanah’s experience as part of the GB Volleyball team gives her a unique insight into the work of an athlete competing at the highest level, and she has applied this skillset to successful collaborations with Nike, Adidas, and Fila among others.
After immigrating to Whitechapel, England in 1980, Indian doctor Abhimohan Sushant is pulled into a violent gang war between Bangladeshi gang Anchor Yard Massive and neo-nazi group Brass Monkeys, while trying to carve a life for himself.
Guru Ramanathan is a versatile storyteller with ample experience in both the art and business of entertainment. Having worked extensively across film, TV, podcast, journalism, and publicity projects in his career, he has elevated diverse, impactful and thought provoking narratives in several sectors of the entertainment industry. Guru currently does brands publicity at ID, supporting an array of high caliber clients such as Nintendo, Peloton, the NAACP LDF, Reddit, Cricut and CORE. He continues to produce new creative works outside of his role as well, including an upcoming graphic novel magazine and his podcast The Passion Project, which he created and co-hosts. He also recently served as the Vice President for the Collegiate Association for Artists of Color, an organization that supports artists of color in higher education, having worked on a docuseries, podcast, zine, animated web series, and clothing line in his role. Prior, Guru shot, produced, edited, and directed a feature length documentary, Hyper—, and has written and directed several short films. Guru was also the Managing Editor for Washington Square News' magazine Under the Arch, served on the Fusion Film Festival’s Executive Board, and wrote for the philanthropic fashion magazine Mission Magazine. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, being a University Honors Scholar and receiving the Dramatic Writing Award for Excellence in Episodic Writing by an Undergraduate.
Red Rock Falls
When a grieving park ranger starts sleepwalking after a rock climber is murdered in her small mountain town, she begins to doubt her own alibi.
Traven Rice is a New York City-based filmmaker devoted to telling stories about the extraordinary moments that make up our everyday lives. She recently completed the pilot for Division Street, a digital series focused on a withdrawn young girl who is sent to live with her cranky grandmother in a magical neighborhood in NYC. The pilot screened as an official selection at the Slamdance Film Festival, ITVFest and Raindance, among others. It was featured in the FilmShop collective’s Breakthrough Series and screened in competition at SeriesFest 2019, where it won a development award from the Caz Matthews Fund. Rice studied film at FAMU, in Prague, Czech Republic, where her first short film, The Night Tram, was nominated for a Student Academy Award. She has written and directed numerous short films and is currently developing her first feature film, a psychological thriller, based in the small mountain town where she grew up.
After a failed suicide attempt and stay at the hospital, True must return to the mundane suburban life she so desperately wanted to escape. As she struggles to survive her senior year of high school, she discovers an underground punk collective run by people of color that takes her on a journey of deep self-discovery, mental wellness, and falling in love with the Black woman she is becoming.
Charia Rose is a writer and director. An artist from Detroit, Michigan, she firmly believes in art as a means for deep reflection and strives to use it for social change. A self-proclaimed "Midwestern Baddie", she is dedicated to showing the world that, contrary to popular belief, there ARE black and brown people in the Midwest AND they have amazing, interesting, and multifaceted stories to tell. Recently, she directed the short film With(out) You, which is making rounds on the festival circuit. You can find her shouting about Mariah Carey and how to end systemic racism on Instagram @charia.
Set in a future where humanity has been rendered infertile and artificially reproduced children (ARCs) are allocated through a Lottery system, The Ark follows a group of women from disparate backgrounds whose lives collide when one of their city’s only children goes missing.
Minnie Schedeen is a writer-director originally from Los Angeles, California who grew up writing stories in the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of USC School of Cinematic Arts, Minnie was a Sundance Ignite Fellow in 2017, a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow in 2018, a former directing shadow on CW’s Jane the Virgin and a finalist for Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative. Her feature film screenplay Farmhouse has been supported by the Sundance Feature Film Program in 2017 and most recently featured on the 2019 Hit List. Farmhouse will continue to be supported by the Sundance Institute Talent Forum in 2020. Ultimately, Minnie is fascinated by science-fiction as a means to explore human nature and hopes to pioneer a firm place for women’s stories in genre storytelling. minnieschedeen.com
SHAWN SNYDER & JASON BEGUE
A retiree in suburban South Florida fixates on Hindu notions of non-attachment and fancies he might spend his final chapters as a wandering Western monk.
Shawn Snyder: After receiving a BA in Religion from Harvard, Shawn Snyder spent his twenties as an itinerant singer/songwriter. In 2015, he completed studies at NYU’s Graduate Film Program and, in 2016, was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” To Dust, his first feature, co-written by Jason Begue and starring Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, premiered at Tribeca in 2018, winning both the “Narrative Audience Award” and “Best New Director” for Shawn. The film was released theatrically in 2019 and went on to be nominated for “Best Screenplay” at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards.
SHAWN SNYDER & JASON BEGUE
Jason Begue: Born in Los Angeles, CA to Colombian and Argentinian immigrants, Jason’s passion for filmmaking began at an early age when he won the 1999 CineVegas Youth in Film competition. In 2010, he graduated from The School of Visual Art's Directing Program in New York. In 2015, Jason co-wrote the screenplay To Dust with NYU alum Shawn Snyder. The script went on to receive both the NYU and Tribeca Sloan Student Grand Jury Prizes and was selected as one of the participants of IFP’s 2015 Emerging Storytellers. Jason would go on to co-produce To Dust along with Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, and Ron Perlman. In 2018, the film, starring Son of Saul's Geza Rohrig and actor Matthew Broderick, premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival where it received the Audience Award for Narrative Feature. In 2019, Jason Begue and Shawn Snyder were nominated in the Best Screenplay category by the Independent Spirit Awards for To Dust. Jason is currently enrolled in NYU’s Graduate Film Program.