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Jason Sussberg

Jason Sussberg

Documentary Film and Video


Jason was born and raised in California. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Film and Digital Media, he moved to San Francisco to produce and edit sports biographies for the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. Jason was an intern at Actual Films, an independent documentary company, before enrolling as an M.F.A. student in Documentary Film at Stanford University. He is a digital media generalist who trains his lens on social and political topics ranging from jailed journalists to justice system reform.



UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant, 2010
Enersen Foundation Production Grant2010

The Sea is a Harsh Mistress 

hd video
JUNE, 2010

By January 1st, 2030 will you be living in an independent country in the middle of the ocean? The revolutionaries at The Seasteading Institute are trying to make that a reality. Undeterred by a rich history of unsuccessful "new country" projects, the folks at The Seasteading Institute want to change the world. The Sea is a Harsh Mistress examines the business, engineering and political aspects of starting new societies on the high seas.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Special Jury Prize for Libertarian Ideals - Short Documentary, Anthem Film Festival, 2011
Nevada City Film Festival, 2011
SF Docfest, 2010


16mm color film
JUNE, 2009
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Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head.  As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades.  Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd's ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Thin Line Film Festival, 2011
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Art + Invention Student Works Festival, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa), Stanford University, 2010
Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest, 2009
San Francisco Documentary Festival, 2009

A Sentence Apart 

hd video
Co-directed by Theodore Rigby
MARCH, 2009
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Three intimate portraits exploring how the incarceration of a family member transforms the hopes and dreams of their loved ones.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2010
SF Indiefest, 2010
NextReel International Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2010
Semi-Finalist, Angelus Awards, 2009
NextFrame: UFVA's Touring Festival of International Student Film, 2009
Bend Film Festival, 2009
Sacramento Film and Music Festival, 2009
Urbanworld Film Festival, 2009

Lone Wolf 

16mm black and white film
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A profile of activist and journalist Josh Wolf.  Lone Wolf examines Josh's current job as a Palo Alto Daily Post reporter and his past as a jailed blogger who struggled to get the media establishment to acknowledge that he is a legit journalist.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Media Justice Award, Media that Matters Film Festival, New York, 2009
Nevada City Film Festival, 2009
San Francisco Documentary Festival, 2009



June 12, 2010

Free and Open to the Public

June 11, 2009

Free and open to the public

March 17, 2009

Free and open to the public

December 9, 2008

Free and open to the public