Born in San Diego, raised in Tucson, Arizona, Jason then moved to Bismarck, North Dakota at the age of sixteen where he lived for three years. It was in Bismarck that Jason began truly exploring his relationship with cinema and storytelling. After a series of shorts, and immediately after graduating from Century High School, Jason took off to Los Angeles where he began his film career working on an AFI short film, music videos and a feature film, _Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998)(V)_. In October 1999, Jason enrolled into UCLA Short Fiction Film Program where he wrote and directed The Lift (2000) about an unexpected corporate Afterlife.
He has been the First Assistant Director (DGA) on a production staff for a number of independent feature films, including the latest & yet to be released comedy Someone Marry Barry (Tyler Labine, Lucy Punch, Damon Wayans, Jr. & Ed Helms), dramatic films; Stars (Mark Kassen, Kathryn Hahn, Tom Bower, Ileana Douglas & Vinessa Shaw), Blaze You Out (Veronica Diaz-Carranza, Melissa Cordero, Q’orianka Kilcher, Mark Adair-Rios, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Elizabeth Pena & Raoul Trujillo), and other notable indies; Ten Years Later (Jake Hoffman, Rachel Boston & James DeBello), Cosmic Radio (Michael Madsen, Irene Bedard, Wes Studi, Ryder Strong & Seymour Cassel), Ready Or Not (featuring Alex Rocco & Steve Railsback), and The Last Letter (starring William Forsythe, Yancy Butler & Grace Zabriskie).
As a Producer, Jason took on the challenge of shooting in Kyoto, Japan for the award-winning short film, Chiyo. Along with Masanori Baba (producer, writer & director) and their stellar Japan/USA crew, Jason was also the First Assistant Director & Post-Production Supervisor for this beautiful and touching film about a 4-year-old girl in 1945 in search of her dead father during O-Bon, the Japanese Festival of the Dead. This earned Allen & Baba the distinction of being semi-finalists in the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Live-Action Short.