The 48 Hour Film Project

Filmapalooza: Keynote Speaker

Jason Reitman, director of Up in the Air, Juno, and Thank You for Smoking. is our keynote speaker.

There was be a Q&A with him on Monday afternoon.

Reitman was born in Montreal on October 19, 1977. At age 19, his first short film, Operation, premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Reitman's short films played in over a hundred film festivals worldwide.

Jason made his feature film directing debut with the 2006 hit Thank You for Smoking, based on the acclaimed novel by Christopher Buckley, which Reitman adapted for the screen. The film had its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by Fox Searchlight. The film went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, and a WGA nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2006, Reitman was named Best Debut Director by the National Board of Review.

In December 2007, Fox Searchlight released Reitman's second feature, Juno, which follows the story of a pregnant teenager. Juno earned widespread praise since its debut at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, and has grossed over $230m worldwide.

Reitman was nominated for an Academy Award for directing Juno. The film earned one win for Diablo Cody's screenplay and additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Ellen Page). Juno won three Independent Spirit awards and a Grammy Award.

Reitman's latest film is Up in the Air, which was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film, which Reitman both wrote and directed, stars George Clooney and Vera Farmiga. The screenplay won the Golden Globe for best screenplay.

Reitman has produced the horror comedy film Jennifer's Body for FOX. The Diablo Cody-scripted film was directed by Karyn Kusama and film stars Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox. In addition, Reitman executive produced Atom Egoyan's Chloe, starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. Reitman is also set to executive produce Max Winkler's directing debut, Ceremony.

Through his company, Right of Way Films, Reitman is developing new scripts by Jenny Lumet and the Duplass brothers. He is also developing a feature film based on the cult children's television show "Yo Gabba Gabba".

Reitman is half of the mash up turntable band Bad Meaning Bad.

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Jason Reitman, Keynote Speaker for Filmapalooza

Jason Reitman
Keynote Speaker for Filmapalooza
Photo by Kirk McKoy, LA Times