Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Jason Cortlund

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: Jamaica Plain, MA
MacDowell fellowships: 2020

Jason Cortlund was born in Oakland, CA and raised in rural Oregon. He earned a master’s in screenwriting at University of Texas and was a postgraduate fellow at the James Michener Center for Writers. He wrote and co-directed the feature films Now, Forager (2012) and Barracuda (co-directed with Juia Halperin) which premiered in competition at SXSW in 2017, starring Allison Tolman and JoBeth Williams. It was distributed in the U.S. by Orion Pictures/Samuel Goldwyn. He and Halperin were nominated for a 2012 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director. Their current projects include Au Pair, a feature-length suspense drama set in France, as well as Lumberjunkies, a crime series about timber poaching in the Pacific Northwest.

During his residency at MacDowell he wrote a first draft of a new feature-length screenplay, working title Harriers and continued research and story development for Lumberjunkies.



Jason Cortlund worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander is highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served on…

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