Jason Cohen

Producer/Director

Academy Award®-Nominated producer/director Jason Cohen has produced and directed all formats of film and television that cover a broad range of topics over the past 20 years. Cohen’s FACING FEAR, a story of forgiveness between a former Neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his hate crime attack 25 years earlier, was nominated for an Academy Award® for best documentary short subject in 2014. The SF Chronicle called the film “Riveting” and The Huffington Post deemed it “Truly remarkable to watch.” 

His last film, SILICON COWBOYS, with Academy Award®-winning producer Glen Zipper (Undefeatedand producer Ross Dinerstein (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), chronicles the David vs. Goliath story of Compaq Computer and its battle with IBM in the 1980's that changed the course of technology today. The NY Times said the film “Prizes human drama...much as in“The Social Network” or “Steve Jobs.” Variety called the film “Fascinating” and the LA Times declared “Engaging.” 

Cohen has had an ongoing relationship with Academy Award®-winning director Steven Okazaki for 20 years. In 2012 he produced the Okazaki-directed APPROXIMATELY NELS CLINE, about the world- renowned lead guitarist of the rock band Wilco. He co-produced HBO's Emmy-nominated BLACK TAR HEROIN: DARK END OF THE STREET, with Okazaki, and was an associate producer on his Emmy Award-winning HBO doc on the dropping of the atomic bomb, WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN, which also screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. 

In 2014, Cohen and Facing Fear were selected as representatives for the American Film Showcase, a program sponsored by the US State Dept. which selects films and filmmakers to serve as film ambassadors, conducting screenings and workshops in countries across the globe. 

Before his film career, Cohen's earlier work found him working as a producer/cameraman/sound mixer alongside some of the most respected names in journalism. He has logged time for all the major networks as well as PBS and the BBC and cable outlets including ESPN, NFL Network and HBO. Included in his experience is shooting on projects on all seven continents. 

Cohen's work has screened and garnered awards at film festivals around the world and he has been featured in TV and radio segments on CBS, CNN, PBS, ESPN, MTV and others. 

In 2001, Cohen received recognition for his work when he was honored with the Nafziger Award for distinguished achievement by alumni from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism, his alma mater. 

Cohen was raised in West Caldwell, NJ and began his journey west after high school, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in journalism and film before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. He now lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and two sons.