Jason Hanasik (b.1981) is an American filmmaker, artist, and curator. His investigations focus primarily on trauma, reintegration, addiction, the military experience, and human rights.
Hanasik has a Master of Journalism from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Purchase.
In August 2017, Hanasik's thesis film, How to Make a Pearl, was named a finalist for the 2017 Student Academy Awards and acquired by The Guardian's Documentaries division. How to Make a Pearl had its International Premiere in Amsterdam at IDFA. During the festival, Hanasik was accepted into IDFAcademy. The film will debut online at some point in 2018.
Hanasik's work has appeared at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, in various commercial, university, and municipal galleries around the world, and in the pages of Routledge's academic journal Critical Military Studies.
Hanasik's first monograph, "I slowly watched him disappear" debuted at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair in 2015 and is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's, RISD's, and Stanford University's collections.
Hanasik organized a film program for the National Queer Arts Festival and in 2016 co-curated an exhibition about the impact of the military experience on soldiers/veterans and civilian communities for the San Francisco Arts Commission's Gallery at the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA.
Hanasik has served as an advisor to students in the graduate program in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts, taught photography classes at the ASUC Art Studio at UC Berkeley, and presented at the Society for Photographic Education's West Conference. He has also delivered talks on his work and other artists' artistic practice at SFMoMA and various colleges and universities nationwide.
In 2016, Hanasik was invited to participate in an intimate workshop focusing on Military Hazing and Sexual Violence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Hanasik served as Gap's first Global Storyteller. During his tenure, he created Gap's contribution to the It Gets Better campaign, the company's first global internal iOS application, redeveloped the strategy for the North American region's store sonic experience, and produced documentation of various marketing activations nationwide.