BRYAN JACKSON is a director and writer based in Los Angeles. His films take a unique approach to narrative storytelling, and draw upon his work in LGBTQ+ activism and background in theater and experimental film.
Jackson earned his MFA in Directing from University of California, Los Angeles where he focused on telling queer stories in theater and and film. Since graduating he has directed a series of films including Smoke, Haircut, Softly, Little Taiko Boy that have screened extensively at festivals around the globe. He also has produced art films with the artist Bruce Yonemoto that have premiered at LACMA and the MoMA: Doc Fortnight.
Jackson is a co-founder and faculty of UCI DigiFilm, a filmmaking program whose majority is comprised of Asian, Black, Latinx, Women, and LGBTQ students. He has taught filmmaking and digital storytelling at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), San Francisco Art Institute, and UCLA.
Originally from Kansas, he was a company member of ProPride, a queer cabaret theater collective focused on community building and HIV/AIDS education. Jackson earned his BFA in Theater from Emporia State University, where he exhibited photography, founded a LGBTQ+ group, and shifted his focus to directing. After graduation he worked professionally on broadway productions and in regional theater including the Long Wharf Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, and St. Louis Opera.