Michael Jason Allen

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Michael "Jason" Allen (born April 7, 1974) is an American actor, screenwriter, director, singer, songwriter and musician born in Pocahontas, Arkansas and raised in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and Hoxie, Arkansas from 1974-1996. He has written, directed and/or starred in dozens of films as well as many national television and commercial show appearances. He has written and recorded a total of 13 released full-length music albums and has appeared on several movie soundtracks. He is known as "Jason" rather than "Michael". Jason has lived in Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona since 1996.

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Michael "Jason" Allen

Film, TV, & Commercials (1999-Present)[1]

According to IMDb[2] (Internet Movie Database), Jason began his acting career in May 1999 working as a day player in the Columbia Pictures film "What Planet Are You From"[3] starring Annette Bening, John Goodman, Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear and Gary Shandling. Later that year, he went on to star in regional television commercials for Cadillac, Cox, and the WNBA. He would later go on to star in national commercials filming lead roles for the California Board of Tourism, Yosh fragrances and more while becoming a staple face on HGTV, Fine Living Channel, and closed circuit shopping mall televisions worldwide.

In 2007, he returned to feature films starring and supporting in many independent productions as well as modeling for commercial stock photography companies.

From 2009 until 2013, Jason would focus more on his musical endeavors while appearing in several national television shows such as Germany's Next Top Model Season 4[4] hosted by Heidi Klum, Sunset Daze,[5] and FOX's Battle of the Bods Season 2[6] (in which the latter he was voted first place). He was interviewed for Big Brother Season 13, however, he declined due to personal contrasts in producers' expectations. He has stated that he doesn't like doing reality shows because of the scripted and misleading direction given to him in which he believes that viewers would assume was real.

In June 2016 he starred in the lead role of "Captain Giorgio Chavez" in the music video for "Let's Be Honest"[7] by Fearless/Atlantic recording artist Mayday Parade.

Film: He Said She Said Productions[8]

References (2008)

In May 2008, Jason founded the production company He Said She Said Productions. He would subsequently write, direct, produce and star in the feature film entitled "References" beginning production in August 2008. References was a romantic comedy drama in a contemporary setting. It was theatrically released on February 5, 2009 to a sell-out audience while attaining many positive reviews by indie film critics and gaining national attention on the news sites of USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Arizona Republic. The DVD release was accompanied by a CD soundtrack release.

The Coldest Kiss (2014)

In March 2014, he would begin work on his second feature film under He Said She Said Productions. It was a romantic drama thriller set in 1938-1947 called "The Coldest Kiss" in which Jason wrote, directed, produced, and starred. It was welcomed on February 5, 2009 with a sell-out theatrical premiere as well as a successful DVD release. It has won many film festival awards including Best Feature Film at the 2015 Great Lakes Int'l Film Festival,[9] Best Arizona Actor (Michael Jason Allen) at the 2016 Jerome Film Festival, nominations at the 2015 Trail Dance Film Festival for Best Director (Michael Jason Allen), Best Feature Film, and Best Actor in a lead role (Michael Jason Allen). It has been the subject of several video interviews and critics' praise.

Stealing Sunrise (2015)

In February 2015, Jason began work on his third feature film under He Said She Said Productions. It was a drama set in 1986 called "Stealing Sunrise" in which Jason wrote, directed, and starred. It was theatrically premiered on July 23, 2015 and had a successful DVD release accompanied by a CD soundtrack release. It was an official selection with a festival favorite encore screening in the 2016 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.

An Idle Mind Is the Devil's Playground (2016)

In January 2016, Jason produced his fourth feature film under He Said She Said Productions in which he wrote, directed, and starred. It was a black and white psychological thriller set in 1960 heavily inspired by The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling called "An Idle Mind Is the Devil's Playground". On April 7, 2016 it was welcomed with a sell-out theatrical premiere as well as a successful DVD and CD soundtrack release. The movie starred Ben Lokey (known for his lead antagonist role as Franco in the 1984 hit dance movie Breakin'). The soundtrack for An Idle Mind Is the Devil's Playground had a sound dominated by the use of the theremin instrument performed by world renowned thereminist Kip Rosser. The theremin was used in the storyline and is known for its haunting sounds in horror TV shows and movies of the 1960s and earlier.

The movie was well received and highly praised in a critic review by Rod Serling's personal friend, TV co-host, co-writer and student Spats White. This would be his first agreed public review in nearly 40 years. Excerpt from the review:

"An Idle Mind Is The Devil's Playground is an entertaining and well made film with solid performances, a sharp screenplay, distinctively fine music, and award worthy cinematography. The quality of the finished image and audio is so sparkling and compelling that they rival the crystal clarity of the old original 35mm negative television productions from TV's Golden Age -- The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Outer Limits, to name just a few -- the very era that this film is set in and salutes so lovingly. It is a unique film and well worth the attention of any audience. Rod Serling, creator and dominant writer of The Twilight Zone, was my friend, TV co-host, college writing professor and mentor. The film successfully reeks of that era and style and, knowing him as well as I did, I think I can safely assume and assert here that Mr. Serling would have totally appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed this motion picture". - Spats White

Stealing Sunrise 2: Malibu Trail (2016)

In August of 2016, Jason began production on his fifth feature film under He Said She Said Productions in which he wrote, directed, and starred. It was the sequel to his 2015 film Stealing Sunrise called "Stealing Sunrise 2: Malibu Trail". While the prequel was set in 1986, the sequel was set 9 years later in 1995 and featured a martial arts based theme. On December 8, 2016 it would become his most successful theatrical premiere to date which also accompanied a 2-disc set DVD release of both Stealing Sunrise films as well as a digital soundtrack release featuring popular synthwave duo Night Runner and Michael Jason Allen himself as Adrian Star.

Jason has stated that He Said She Said Productions' first movie References will be the only contemporary set film he will make and plans to continue period films in the tradition set by every release since.

Film Influences

Jason has cited his screenwriting influences as John Hughes (known for many hit teen movies of the 1980s) as well as Rod Serling. He has cited his directing influences as Stanley Kubrick, Clint Eastwood, and John Hughes. He has cited his favorite screen performers as James Cagney, Loretta Young, Tom Cruise, Kathy Bates, Fred Astaire, Virginia Mayo, Brandon Lee, Mary Stuart Masterson, James Remar, Clint Eastwood, Shirley Temple, and Cyd Charisse.

Filmography: He Said She Said Productions

Film

Year Title Role Major Contributions Awards & Nominations[10]
2009 References Jesse Collins Writer, Director, Producer
2014 The Coldest Kiss Thomas Wilder Writer, Director, Producer, Co-Cinematographer
  • Great Lakes Int'l Film Festival - (Winner) Best Feature Film
  • Jerome Film Festival - (Winner) Best Arizona Actor (Michael Jason Allen)
  • Trail Dance Int'l Film Festival - Nominated) Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Actor (Michael Jason Allen)
  • Los Angeles CineFest - Semifinalist
2015 Stealing Sunrise Dallas Darmin Writer, Director, Producer, Co-Cinematographer
  • 2016 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival - Festival Favorite Encore Screening
2016 An Idle Mind Is the Devil's Playground Mr. Snatas Writer, Director, Producer, Asst. Camera
  • Hollywood Screenings Film Festival - Semifinalist
2017 Stealing Sunrise 2: Malibu Trail Dallas Darmin Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer
  • In Progress

Music[8]

Various (1995-2003)

Jason began his music career in Arkansas by releasing his first full length synthesizer driven album entitled "Permanent Leather" under the artist name of "Catatonic". He composed and performed all instruments and vocals on the album as well as producer. His debut radio appearance came in the spring of 1996 on Jonesboro, Arkansas' Z100 rock radio station (now known as KEGI 100.5) on an alternative music show called "The Detour" with the single "Catastrophic". He made his television debut in a 30-minute music show called "Music Box" sponsored by Arkansas State University on April 3, 1996. It featured in-studio interviews of Jason as well as two in-studio music video performances of his singles "Catastrophic" and "Contrition". Permanent Leather would also get its first national chain record store distribution in May 1996.

He has stated that his music was heavily influenced by the English pop-alternative act Depeche Mode. In November 1996, Jason became involved in the Dallas music scene after moving there to further pursue his music career. He formed a new act called "Radiate" and toured the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex while maintaining a heavy presence in the Deep Ellum music scene.

In February 1999, Jason continued west to Phoenix, Arizona and reformed yet a new act with a more rock and guitar affected sound and released an album called "Identification" under the name "Uselink" in the summer of 2000 with his brother and childhood friend. Continuing to play extensively in the Phoenix valley, he formed yet another act called "Nuclear Winter" releasing the electro-industrial album "Leadlaced Master" in the summer of 2001 with the same Uselink lineup. The group disbanded within a year to work solo projects of varying genres.

Spring 2002 brought Jason's electronic dance pop album entitled "Soundtrack to L.A." under the artist name of "Sex Type Thingz". He employed several female guest vocalists to help give the album the pop dance feel to contrast his baratone/tenor vocals. This album produced the hit single "Tell Me Now" in the dance-pop genre garnering airplay on pop radio stations in Scottsdale, Arizona and various dance clubs in New York with several on-air interviews with radio personality "Pistol" Pete Kelley. The album featured a cover version of Depeche Mode's "Here Is the House". It also appeared as the first track on the pop/dance/hip-hop compilation album "Urban Street & Soul" by Oasis Manufacturing Records.

Official Version (2005-2015)

In 2005, Jason continued to pursue his original style of electro-pop alternative music and reformed. He began using the artist name "Official Version". Since the inception of Official Version, he has released 6 full-length albums, and a dozen music videos in accompaniment. Albums included "Bloodline" (2005), "Elektrosity" (2007), "Everything" (2011), "The Crush" (2012), "Kiss" (2013), and "Games" (2015). These albums have also featured cover songs from The Smiths, Depeche Mode, and Ministry. Bloodline and Elektrosity have since remained out of print. Everything featured guest vocals by r&b vocalist Mandi Leigh. Kiss featured guest vocals by American Idol semi-finalist Suzy Vulaca. Official Version toured regionally from 2007-2016 sharing the bill with acts such as Missing Persons, Stabbing Westward, Berlin, and Julien-K.

Adrian Star (2013-Present)

In 2013, Jason invented his 1980's era alter ego "Adrian Star". This would be a heavily 80's pop influenced project in which he has stated that he uses 1980's hard synthesizers for his music with little to no programming/sequencing. He also has incorporated the saxophone in which he has performed himself. He has released two albums as Adrian Star: "Emulator" (2014) and "Emulator II" (2016). Both albums featured cover songs from Laura Branigan and The Comsat Angels. His most notable instrument in this project is the 1985 model E-MU Emulator II sampler synthesizer featured by many hit artists of the 1980s including extensive use by his prime influence Depeche Mode. He has released 5 music videos as Adrian Star.

Musical Influences

Jason has cited his favorite and most influential music artists as Depeche Mode, New Order, Tears For Fears, early Madonna, Chaka Khan, Corey Hart, Information Society, Berlin, The Psychedelic Furs, Noel, Jody Watley, Expos'e, and Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps and IAMX.

Discography

Year as Artist Album Music Video Singles Covers of Other Artists
1996 Catatonic Permanent Leather Catastrophic (radio single)

Contrition

(Live Cover)

Mortal Kombat movie theme

1998 Catatonic Pulling Apart -
2000 Uselink Identification -
2001 Nuclear Winter Leadlaced Master - (Live Covers)

Showroom Dummies by Kraftwerk

Headhunter by Front 242

Hearts & Minds, In Decline by Nitzer Ebb

Du Hast, Spiel Mit Mir by Rammstein

Invincible by Pat Benatar

2002 Sex Type Thingz Soundtrack to L.A. Tell Me Now (radio single) (Studio Cover)

Running by Information Society from their 1988 self-titled album

Here Is the House by Depeche Mode from their 1986 album Black Celebration

2005 Official Version Bloodline -
2007 Official Version Elektrosity -
2011 Official Version Everything[11] No More Fun

Proof Of An Angel

Stalker Love

Nothing To Say

(Studio Cover)

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths

2012 Official Version The Crush[12] The Crush

Boy On the Side

(Studio & Live Cover)

Revenge by Ministry from their 1984 album With Sympathy

2013 Official Version Kiss[13] In My Room

High

I Might Be Dirty

2014 Adrian Star Emulator In The Dark

Heart Attack

Obsession

(Studio Cover)

I'm Falling by The Comsat Angels (popularized in the 1985 movie

Real Genius starring Val Kilmer)

2015 Official Version Games Games

Money Miss Honey

The Devil Wants

(Studio Cover)

Now, This Is Fun by Depeche Mode from their 1984 album People Are People

2016 Adrian Star Emulator II Street & Uptown Love

Do You, Can You, Will You?

(Studio Cover)

Self Control by Raf, popularized in America by Laura Branigan, and later in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Soundtracks

Year Movie Song(s) as Artist
2009 The Virgin Murders
  • Elektrosity
  • No More Fun
  • It's Alright
Official Version
2009 References
  • Tonight
  • Score Composer
Official Version
2014 The Coldest Kiss
  • Score Composer
Michael Jason Allen
2015 Stealing Sunrise
  • In The Dark
  • Shadows
  • Heart Attack
  • Crimes
  • Good Enough
  • Score Composer
Adrian Star
2016 Stealing Sunrise 2: Malibu Trail
  • In The Dark
  • Emulate
  • Lollipop Suckaz (as Miracool)
Adrian Star

References

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