Small Batch Cinema is a boutique film and video production company based in Chicago, Illinois and working worldwide. We specialize in commercials, music videos, narrative films, and documentaries.
Our experienced team has crafted award-winning creative content in over 40 countries. Our work has been featured at hundreds of films festivals, museums, and art galleries, and has been seen by tens of millions of viewers through broadcast television and online platforms. Read more about Creative Director Jason Knade.
Before founding Small Batch Cinema in late 2015, Jason worked as a freelance director of narrative films, music videos, and commercial projects. His work has been called “poignant” and “intelligent” by The Huffington Post, “heartbreaking” and “raw” by The Los Angeles Times, “sexy” and “risqué” by The Wall Street Journal, and “noteworthy” and “viral gold” by the Daily Beast. His work has been featured across television, including Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Windy City Live, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News. Jason has reached tens of millions of viewers through 100+ film festival screenings, 10,000,000+ online views, and numerous spots on broadcast television (E!, CNN, Fox, Lifetime, ESPN, and OWN).
Jason also has worked extensively as a cinematographer. His 200+ credits include short and feature-length narrative films, short and feature-length documentaries, a wide range of commercial projects, live-broadcast television, music videos, event videography, and everything in between. Cinematography has taken him to 5 dozen cities, in America and abroad.
He has twice been named the “Best Filmmaker” in Chicago by the Chicago Reader, was called “soon-to-be-famous” by WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio), and was profiled and featured in a Michigan Avenue Magazine cover story about top Chicago filmmakers.
Jason holds an MFA in Independent Filmmaking. He’s taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, spoken at national conferences about entrepreneurship in the arts, and served on screening committees and juries of international film festivals.
Jason founded Small Batch Cinema at the end of 2015.