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About Me...

jason wishnow


Hi. I’m Jason Wishnow. I’ve been painted as a villain of the labor movement in a book called The Schwarzenegger Syndrome: Politics and Celebrity in the Age of Contempt because of some story I told at a film festival about how there was a supermarket strike while we were shooting  Oedipus  and I crossed a picket line to audition vegetables...


I have a thing for the movies (watching, making, and living my life like a poor substitute for them). I’m passionate about storytelling, pushing boundaries, exploring new technologies (at the service of good stories), and spreading ideas.


If we were to meet in person I’d want you to tell me about a film you like and why I ought to see it. If we were on set together I’d want you to have fun. What’s more fun than making movies?


The Fine Print...  


Bio, Long Version:

Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the Peabody Award winning video series watched over one billion times (even in outer space). Wishnow works at the intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called an “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine). Prior to joining TED, Wishnow founded one of the first film websites, The New Venue, in the mid-’90s, an entire decade before YouTube. In 2000, Wishnow organized the first handheld/mobile film festival, The Aggressively Boring Film Festival, named after the technical limitations of its time. As a director, Wishnow’s short films and videos have played on television, in museums, and at over 100 film festivals worldwide including Sundance, Seattle, São Paulo, Hong Kong, and RESFEST. Wishnow’s most recent projects are The Sandstorm (2014), a dystopian sci-fi film, made in China, starring the artist Ai Wei Wei in his acting debut; the “post-TED aesthetic” HeadCon (2013) videos for edge.org; and We Are All Radioactive (2012), a crowd-funded, bilingual, episodic documentary series about surfers and fishermen rebuilding coastal Japan after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Wishnow is currently developing narrative film and television projects to direct, and privately consulting about digital media strategy.


What You’re Saying...  

Don’t be a stranger, stranger. Say hi. Ask me anything. My email is to the right!


Where You’ll Find Me... updated 15.JAN.2014

DLD - Munich, Germany - 20 Jan 2014 at 5:40pm - in Conversation with John Brockman and Hans-Ulrich Obrist


Elite Event Series - Shanghai, China - 22 Nov 2013 at 6pm - Speaker - “The Making of TED Talks”

Wieden+Kennedy - Shanghai, China - 7 Dec 2012 at 5pm - Speaker - “Space Travel”

GZDOC International Documentary Film Festival - Guangzhou, China - 4 Dec 2012 at 6:45pm - Panelist

CULTURE MATTERS (talk show) on ICS TV - Shanghai, China - 20 Nov 2012 at 1pm - Live Studio Taping - “Sci-Fi”

INK 2012 - Pune, India - 12 Oct 2012 at 2:30pm - Speaker

50th New York Film Festival - New York, NY - 30 Sept 2012 at 5pm - Closing Keynote - “Convergence” - BUY TIX

TEDxCooperUnion - New York, NY - 24 April 2012 at 5pm - Speaker - “How to Fly”

Tribeca Film Festival - New York, NY - 24 April 2012 at 2:30pm - Moderator - “Storytelling in the Digital Age”

LA Comedy Fest - Los Angeles, CA - 22 April 2012 at 2pm - Screening “Mister Handsome”

SWAY - San Francisco, CA - 19 April 2012 at 6:30pm - Screening “We Are All Radioactive Chapter 3”

Indiegogo Creative Forum - New York, NY - 18 April 2012 at 7pm - Speaker - “How to Build from an Idea”

Raptor Disruption Summit at SXSW - Austin, TX - 13 March 2012 at 2pm - Speaker - “Disrupting Storytelling”

TEDx Workshop @ TED - Long Beach, CA - 27 February 2012 at 12pm - Speaker

Learning Without Frontiers - London, England - 26 January 2012 at 11:45am - Speaker

The Tofu Project - San Francisco, CA - 30 October 2011 at 1pm - Guest Speaker

Dreamforce ’11 - San Francisco, CA - 30 August 2011 at 5pm - Panelist - “Effective Video Marketing”

TEDx Workshop @ TEDGlobal - Edinburgh, Scotland - 10 July 2011 at 11:15am - Speaker

Echelon 2011 - Singapore - 16 June 2011 at 12:30pm - Speaker

TEDx Workshop @ TEDGlobal - Oxford, England - 12 July 2010 at 1pm - Speaker

SXSW - Austin, TX - 13 March 2010 at 11am - Panelist - “How to Create a Viral Video”

Ignite NYC - New York, NY - 23 September 2009 at 7pm - Speaker

LIFT Asia - Jeju Island, Korea - 17 September 2009 at 2:15pm - Speaker

Open Video Conference - New York, NY - 20 June 2009 at 12:15pm - Speaker