Jason Jakaitis

Assistant Professor

Personal profile


Jason Jakaitis is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department. A creator of mixed-media and poetic documentaries, his personal work explores how his family dynamics are shaped by disability, while his community projects support social issue change-makers like the Black Panthers and the Hatlen Center for the Blind. His documentary Mothersbane won the Jury Prize at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Jason previously served as Director of Independent Media at the Bay Area Video Coalition, where he supervised community storytelling programs, including San Francisco’s Public Access Television Station and the National Media Maker Fellowship.

Contact Information

Phone: 415-238-2243

Related documents

Education/Academic qualification

Cinema, MFA, San Francisco State University


Communication Studies, MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


English, BA, University of Puget Sound


External positions

Adjunct Faculty Member, San Francisco State University

Jan 1 2016Jan 1 2018

Adjunct Faculty Member, College of San Mateo

Jan 1 2013Jan 1 2019

Research Interests

  • Documentary
  • Community Media
  • Film Genres
  • Film Theory
  • Interactive Media
  • Documentary Ethics
  • Autobiographic Film
  • Experimental Filmmaking
  • 16mm
  • Disability


  • Film Production
  • Other Film and Media Studies
  • Communication
  • Communication Technology and New Media