Director and SFTV production alum Jason Mann (B.A. ’07) was named the winner of HBO’s recently revamped show Project Greenlight. The show, produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, gives one talented director the opportunity to create their first feature film.
Mann and Project Greenlight producer Marc Joubert came to campus for an advance screening of the first two episodes of the show followed by a Q&A session moderated by SFTV Professor Gregory Ruzzin.
As part of the selection process, Affleck and Damon held a comedy short film contest to find a director who would create a feature film from a provided script. During the Q&A, Joubert revealed that he was “blown away” by Mann’s short Delicacy, saying it was the only film out of hundreds of submissions that he actually sent to Affleck and Damon during the process.
Mann spoke about his experience on the show, and how LMU prepared him for his career, saying “LMU was such a formative time for me. LMU lets you do a big things and maybe you fail, but you learn from the process.”
SFTV alum Effie Brown (B.A. ’93) is also featured in the show, serving as Mann’s producer and mentor.
Project Greenlight premieres Sunday, September 13 at 10 p.m. on HBO.
Read the Loyolan’s piece on Mann’s visit here.