Jason O’Hara’s work as cinematographer and sound recorder have been featured on the CBC’s Nature of Things and The Fifth Estate, TVO’s Why Poverty Series, in a number of theatrical documentaries, and on television news in Brazil, Venezuela, and the USA. Jason speaks fluent Portuguese and since 2010 has been in production on his first feature documentary, State of Exception, about families facing forced evictions in Rio de Janeiro before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Rhythms of Resistance, Jason’s MFA thesis film about artists resisting police violence in Rio de Janeiro has screened in festivals on four continents and has received two international festival awards. Jason directed and produced all of the video dailies throughout the Hot Docs festival in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, his first documentary short Demur won the People’s Choice Award at the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival and was recipient of a Canadian Cinema Editors Award. In 2010, his documentation of police brutality at the G20 Summit in Toronto was commissioned by the CBC to confront police chief Bill Blair in his first televised interview after the Summit. In 2008, Jason created the participatory photography component of a youth project in a number of Brazilian favelas that won Brazil’s UN Millennium Development Goals Award. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, where he was recipient of the Ryerson Gold Medal, the university’s highest award. Jason’s research interests include participatory media and digital democracy. Jason teaches documentary directing and production in Ryerson’s Documentary Media MFA Program.

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