ABOUT

Multi-award winning director and screenwriter Jason Hreno combines broad international experience with a singular vision. Following the acclaim of his short film WANDERING EYES, Jason directs shorts, commercials, music videos and emerged as a TV director.

Returning to direct his own work in his powerful medium-length political drama MOTHERLAND (nominated by the Directors Guild of Canada for BEST SHORT FILM) Jason’s notable stories deal with themes of everyday ‘outsiders’ who suddenly find themselves isolated by extreme circumstances, facing existential ordeals and crises against brutal odds.

Having won several awards for two early screenplays (TWO MOUNTAINS which won the Writers Guild of Canada’s prestigious Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize and SAM AND REA’S FAULT which was runner-up at the Canadian Film Centre’s WORLD WIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL) Jason’s stunning adaptation of Michael Lister’s award winning novel DOUBLE EXPOSURE heralded the arrival of a bold new voice.

His latest original feature script SAVIORS combines many of his recurring thematic elements with yet bolder new ones – Redemption, Sacrifice, Mercy and Salvation, making impossible ethical choices for sake of a higher Good, regardless the cost. Primarily concerned with ‘relationships’, how they affect character and drive motivation and catapult plot, coming from a strong and studied literary and screenwriting background, his work transcends ‘genre’ and easy categorization.

As such, Jason fulfills a variety of for-hire assignments that include Pixar type features as well as Wes Anderson / Noah Baumbach style ‘Family’ dramas that employ ruthless wit and irony with fresh takes, and everything in between.

PROJECTS

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Double Exposure

What happens when you’re alone deep in the woods and you discover evidence of a grisly crime on your camera? What’s more, it seems to have happened nearby. You even think you can see the exact spot. It’s bone chilling. Then, still grappling with the enormity and import of the terrifying images as you scroll through them, almost as suddenly, you hear something. Is it the men who did it? You wait. Listen. Can they hear you too? Do they suspect you know? You hear it again but this time blinding lights flash and gun shots rip past you. You panic and run but night has fallen and the dense forest is dark and endless. You lose your way and almost any hope of a quick escape. They are after you and will do anything to stop you. But who are they? And how many? These eventual discoveries are just as disturbing as their crimes, but somehow this only spurs you onwards. Now, you can only rely on your wits and senses. But will you survive the night?

Motherland

Having narrowly survived the military coup and widespread conflict in his native, war-torn Mali, a young student named Moussa escapes to England in search of Julian, a former aid worker who once lived in his country. Until now they’ve never met. Or so it seems. The two reminisce about Malian music and culture, but also decry the new Jihadist regime, its harsh Sharia Law and atrocities, especially against musicians and women. When the initially warm encounter suddenly spirals, we soon learn their meeting is far from coincidental. Moussa has come for a reason: they both know a prominent Malian Singer named Ramata who has gone missing amid the occupation and needs Julian’s help. As they unravel the elusive mystery of Ramata’s disappearance, making surprising revelations along the way, breaking news of a brutal tragedy unfolds before their very eyes.

Double Exposure

What happens when you’re alone deep in the woods and you discover evidence of a grisly crime on your camera? What’s more, it seems to have happened nearby. You even think you can see the exact spot. It’s bone chilling. Then, still grappling with the enormity and import of the terrifying images as you scroll through them, almost as suddenly, you hear something. Is it the men who did it? You wait. Listen. Can they hear you too? Do they suspect you know? You hear it again but this time blinding lights flash and gun shots rip past you. You panic and run but night has fallen and the dense forest is dark and endless. You lose your way and almost any hope of a quick escape. They are after you and will do anything to stop you. But who are they? And how many? These eventual discoveries are just as disturbing as their crimes, but somehow this only spurs you onwards. Now, you can only rely on your wits and senses. But will you survive the night?

Motherland

Having narrowly survived the military coup and widespread conflict in his native, war-torn Mali, a young student named Moussa escapes to England in search of Julian, a former aid worker who once lived in his country. Until now they’ve never met. Or so it seems. The two reminisce about Malian music and culture, but also decry the new Jihadist regime, its harsh Sharia Law and atrocities, especially against musicians and women. When the initially warm encounter suddenly spirals, we soon learn their meeting is far from coincidental. Moussa has come for a reason: they both know a prominent Malian Singer named Ramata who has gone missing amid the occupation and needs Julian’s help. As they unravel the elusive mystery of Ramata’s disappearance, making surprising revelations along the way, breaking news of a brutal tragedy unfolds before their very eyes.

Jason won the Writer Guild of Canada’s highly prestigious Jim Burt Prize for his feature screenplay TWO MOUNTAINS.

In 2011, he took the runner up prize for his short script SAM AND REA’S FAULT at the Canadian Film Centre’s Worl Wide Short Film Festival. Having written the screenplay from Michael’s Lister brilliant novel, DOUBLE EXPOSURE will be Jason’s theatrical debut.

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Directors Guild of Canada

Nominated
Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Best Short Film
Motherland (2016)

Global Shorts, Los Angeles

Won
Global Shorts Statuette

Award of Excellence
Motherland (2016)

Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival

2nd Place
Screenplay Giveaway Prize

Screenwriting
Sam and Rea’s Fault (2011)

Directors Guild of Canada

Nominated
Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Best Short Film
Motherland (2016)

Global Shorts, Los Angeles

Won
Global Shorts Statuette

Award of Excellence
Motherland (2016)

Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival

2nd Place
Screenplay Giveaway Prize

Screenwriting
Sam and Rea’s Fault (2011)

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