Jason Chase Tyrrell has been working as a writer, producer, and distribution executive/consultant for the past nine years. After graduating with a double major in English (Honors) and Psychology from Rutgers University, Jason spent several years working in video production, cutting his teeth as a producer, cameraman and editor under the tutelage of an Emmy Award-winning Director. He continued growing as an artist within the independent film scene, shooting his own productions and working for hire at various times as a writer, director,  producer, cinematographer, sound mixer and editor.

After a move to New York City, Jason took a post as Director of Acquisitions for boutique independent distributor IndiePix Films, where he planned and orchestrated the international distribution of award-winning festival films such as WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN, ALL MY FRIENDS ARE FUNERAL SINGERS, BIG RIVER MAN, IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, SITA SINGS THE BLUES, FORBIDDEN LIE$, HELL ON WHEELS and DOMINICK DUNNE: AFTER THE PARTY. All told, Jason worked on the release of more than 150 titles during his time there, coordinating everything from limited theatrical runs through all facets of a film’s ancillary release. The catalog he curated directly contributed to six consecutive quarters of unprecedented growth for the company.

Jason remained an active participant in the community as well, working as the Live Production Director for the first three Cinema Eye Honors for Non-Fiction Film, a documentary awards event held at the New York Times Center, and volunteering his time in panels, screenings and pitching forums at SXSW, NYILFF, NALIP, HotDocs, LAFF, Independent Film Week and the True/False Film Festival. Jason also served as part of the IndiePix Films development team, helping to usher award-winning films such as THE END OF AMERICA, ENTRE NOS, and P-STAR RISING from production through to distribution. As a hands on producer Jason worked on SEED, Hugo Perez’ powerful near-future drama that was a part of ITVS’ Inaugural FUTURESTATES Program, John W. Yost’s personal family drama THE BRAVE AND THE KIND (Fifth Column Features) and was the associate producer of visionary director Tim Rutili’s ALL MY FRIENDS ARE FUNERAL SINGERS, seeing it through a successful festival run that included a world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and subsequent screenings at SXSW, the Sarasota Film Festival, and the IFC Center in New York.

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The drive to return to the content creator side of the business led Jason to leave that position and move to Los Angeles, California, where he has resided for the past several years. He linked up with producer/manager Keith Sweitzer (Maydelleane Productions) after the completion of the supernatural horror script RAINBOW SNAKE DREAMING, and they continue to collaborate on many of Jason’s creative projects under the CBP banner. (Please visit the CHUNKY BABY ORIGINALS page for detailed descriptions). Since founding Chunky Baby Productions in 2010, Jason has worked as a freelance screenwriter and script editor for hire, while also consulting with independent producers on the design and execution of traditional and non-traditional distribution plans, new media and branding, and with boutique distributors on film acquisitions, programming and catalog curation.

In 2013, Jason took a long-term consultancy with talent management, production and distribution company Traverse Media. In his two-plus years with the company, Jason acted as the Director of Acquisitions & Distribution, acquiring award-winning festival titles such as TWO STEP, WITHOUT SHEPHERDS, SONGS FOR AMY and MONDOMANILA, and struck relationships with distribution platforms Amazon, DirecTV, Dish Network, Vubiquity, Fandor, Overdrive, and more. Jason also oversaw the successful limited theatrical release of TWO STEP, which premiered in New York and Los Angeles, was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick, and currently stands rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

An avid traveler, Jason spent a year and a half driving through Mexico and Central America, and always looks for opportunities to experience different cultures. Jason also makes time to contribute to other aspects of the industry as well, having served as the West Coast Editor for Film Slate Magazine, the Co-Director of the Inaugural Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival, and the Industry Liaison for the 2015 edition of AFI FEST Presented by Audi. Today, Jason is focusing his efforts on a slate of films in development, while continuing his career as a freelance screenwriter, script doctor and distribution consultant.

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