Jason Knade

Creative director of Behold and a self-employed director and cinematographer
Class of 2008
Jason Knade is a successful filmmaker who has worked on hundreds of films, music videos, commercials and documentaries all over the world. He currently is the creative director of Behold and is a self-employed director and cinematographer who also works with other production companies, including Studio 2253.

Jason did not originally plan to attend Moraine Valley. However, when his father became critically ill, he chose to start at the college to stay close to his family during this difficult time.

He was part of the college’s first Honors Program and made lifelong friends in his honors classes. He wasn’t sure what to major in, and he explored fields ranging from business to astronomy to literature while at the college.

After transferring from Moraine Valley, Jason received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois Chicago. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in independent film and digital imaging at Governors State University.

He has filmed famous people and dignitaries, including the Pope, a sitting president, famous actors and athletes, congressmen and business leaders. He has created content for Nike, Canon, The Joffrey Ballet, Amtrak, Zelle and countless others. His work has been featured on CNN, ABC News, Fox News, Good Morning America, ESPN, among other media.

Jason has received two Emmys and has won film festival awards, including Best Film, Best Feature, Best Music Video and Best Short. He was twice named the Best Filmmaker in Chicago by The Chicago Reader.

He has created work that helps celebrate underrepresented communities. His debut film was nominated for the Iris Prize, which is the biggest LGBTQ award in the world. “Hogtown” won Best Picture at the Los Angeles Black Film Festival and was named a Top 10 Film of the Year by The New York Times.

Jason has shared his professional knowledge as an adjunct instructor at Moraine Valley, Governors State University, Saint Xavier University and Trinity Christian College.

He and his wife, Marcelina, live in Palos Park and have two young daughters.