Director Jason Smith Joins Harvest


Last Updated: June 11, 2012 9:53 pm GMT
(June 11, 2012) Harvest has signed award-winning director Jason Smith for exclusive US representation. At Harvest, Jason Smith joins a select and diverse director roster than includes The Hoffman Brothers, Matthias Zentner, Adam Goldstein, David Nutter and company co-founder Baker Smith.

“Jason is an incredible talent with a deep understanding of our industry,” comments Harvest co-founder/EP Bonnie Goldfarb. “Jason is an extremely collaborative and diverse director whose work is memorable and engaging. We are excited to welcome him to Harvest.”

“I’ve been following Harvest for some time and have great respect for the company’s focus on quality projects and its longstanding industry relationships,” says Smith. “At our first meeting we clicked immediately. Harvest is a boutique creative entity that has always retained its integrity. It's like joining an exclusive club...and how could I not join a company with an owner also called Smith!"

Based in Los Angeles and London, Brit director Jason Smith’s ever-present desire for developing new narratives and techniques has resulted in an award-winning body of work that spans many genres. Always at the core: a distinct and original visual style that he combines with strong performance, often effortlessly blended with complex post.

Jason spent his childhood growing up in countries as diverse as Sri Lanka, the Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan and Greece. Travel and exploring different cultures has always been an important focus of his life and truly ignited his career. After sailing across the Atlantic Jason’s directorial debut was a documentary about local life in the Caribbean and his subsequent short film on Barcelona sold to MTV.

Commercials were quick to follow, with Jason helming the largest commercial campaign in the UK -- an 18-day shoot in Sydney, Australia for Gatorade. That same year he was nominated for new director of the year at Cannes. He has since gone on to direct many commercials for clients including Nike, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Mitsubishi, Ford, Audi, Sony, Mountain Dew, British Army, EA sports among others. His Nike and Audi Campaigns have won the AICP award and are part of the Museum of Modern Art archive. Jason has also won numerous Cannes Lions, BTAA, and has received many D&AD nominations.

Jason has recently been on the road shooting a documentary following the journey of acclaimed sculptor Jon Krawzyck. Together they travelled across 18 states from California to New York carrying Jon's replacement 9/11 memorial cross, destined for Ground Zero, strapped to the back of a pick up truck. Capturing the heart and soul of America through his eyes, the film is due for release in late 2012.

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