“I am drawn to stories about how people, who don’t fit into mainstream culture, take elements of that culture and make it their own. I am driven to create films that entertain audiences while engaging them to think about their own relationship to concentrations of power and the commodification of culture. Being a minority voice within a hegemonic system, I am driven to represent strong characters within society. I strive to give the under-voiced
a platform for their stories to be heard.”
- Jett Garrison
Jett Garrison is an award-winning director, producer and writer whose work has shown in over 100 film festivals worldwide. As a creator, he strives to represent strong, unique characters and to give the under-voiced a platform for their stories to be heard. His short film CHECKOUT won a College Television Award (EMMY) and his short film JO FM was nominated for a Student Academy Award (OSCAR).
Jett recently sold a half-hour pilot as Co-Creator/Executive Producer to UCP (Universal Content Productions).
Within the studio system, Jett served as the Creative Director of the On-Air Marketing team at Sony Pictures Television where he was also chosen to participate in SONY’s Inaugural Diverse Director’s Program.
Jett’s previous fellowships include selection as one of Film Independent’s PROJECT:INVOLVE fellows where he was mentored by Jeremy Podeswa
(GAME OF THRONES). Through that fellowship, Jett’s work was featured in
“Vanity Fair” and showcased in the “W Hotels” internationally and was
sponsored by “Banana Republic” and “NBC/Universal” studios.
As a Trans identified storyteller, Jett is driven to represent strong,
unconventional characters within society and shares his storytelling experience within his community as a continuing mentor to young filmmakers through Outfest’s OutSet Young Filmmaker program.
Currently, Jett is the Creative Director at SixTwo Creative
Jett Garrison was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and proudly calls Austin, Texas home. Jett studied sociology as an undergraduate while working
as a college radio DJ. During undergraduate studies, Jett began working in commercial radio where he co-hosted a top rated morning show. This experience brought about a fascination regarding society's relationship to the media and an observed commodification of communicating with the masses.
This fascination motivated Jett to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin while Jett continued production and DJ work at commercial radio stations. This combination of media studies and work within the medium of radio inspired Jett to produce and direct their first film, the feature-length documentary PrizeWhores about a radio subculture, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.
Jett Garrison holds a Master of Arts (MA) in media studies and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in film directing from the University of Texas at Austin Film Program, where he studied as a Pic Wagner Fellow.