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“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

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ABOUT

Jett Garrison (he/they) is a Transgender *WGA writer and director currently staffed as a writer on the CW Network's reboot of THE 4400. Jett's known for directing the award-winning digital series THESE THEMS, winning the Best Director Award from Chicago's PRIDE FILMS Festival. He's won an EMMY and been nominated for an OSCAR for his short film work. Jett's feature script QUICK QUICK SLOW was a finalist in OUTFEST’s Screenwriting lab and his half-hour pilot TRUNCLE is an autobiographical take on his own journey as a Transgender man going through second puberty later in life.

 

Jett started his filmmaking career in Austin, Texas where his first feature documentary premiered at SXSW.  As a fellow in Film Independent’s PROJECT:INVOLVE directing program, Jett’s work was sponsored by “NBC/Universal” and featured in “Vanity Fair”. Jett was also a fellow in SONY’s Diverse Directors Program and was invited to participate in Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Directing Program.

Coming of age in Austin, Texas in the early 90s, Jett lived most of his early adulthood as a masculine of center Lesbian until coming out as Transgender. As a Transgender storyteller, Jett explores themes of queerness, chosen family and marginalized communities.

*WGA West Member

BACKGROUND

Jett Garrison was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and proudly calls Austin, Texas home. He 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 his first film, the feature-length documentary PRIZEWHORES about a radio subculture, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. 

 

Jett  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.