ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Open Mic director Jason Dudek grew up in Miami’s Coconut Grove and started his film career after graduating from the University of Miami Film School. He landed his first job working for Bob Rafelson on the Fox Searchlight film, Blood & Wine starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine and Jennifer Lopez. Dudek then went on to work for a number of legendary filmmakers including David Mamet on The Spanish Prisoner, Lawrence Kasdan on Mumford, Mike Nichols on What Planet Are You From, Sam Mendes on American Beauty and the Farrelly Brothers on There’s Something About Mary.
Dudek took his first writer/director gig doing a TV ad for the international organization, The Non-Violence Project. The national spot aimed to curb kids prone to gang activity. The spot was a hit and aired for over a year on the major networks including daily on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Soon thereafter, Dudek formed a production company and went on to helm television spots for cutting edge icons such as Lenny Kravitz and Balthazar Getty. Jason helped bridge the gap between politics and youth with his hip and daring commercials for the “Hollywood” supported/Norman Lear founded organization, People for the American Way.
It was this style that Dudek took with him when setting out to make Open Mic, the definitive film on stand-up comedy. Dudek spent the next two years of his life scouting comics, shooting across the country from Miami to Los Angeles, and eventually settling in L.A to finish the film.
Soon, Dudek caught the eyes of Hollywood producers and was signed by producer/manager Howard Lapides who launched the careers of Tom Green, Jimmy Kimmel, and Adam Sandler to name a few. Jason then went on to sign with agent David Boxerbaum of Metropolitan Talent Agency in Los Angeles. The boutique agency represents Academy Award winner Hillary Swank, The Matrix’ Carrie-Anne Moss and a host of A-list talent, writers, and directors. Dudek continues to be represented by Hollywood entertainment attorney, David Albert Pierce of Pierce/Gorman in Beverly Hills.
“Since film school, I’ve tried to work with as many talented people in the industry as possible and absorb the experience like a sponge,” says Jason. Some of the other notable feature films Dudek has worked on include; A View From The Top, Gunshy, Holyman, Wild Things, Road Trip, and One Hour Photo. Some of the notable national television programs Dudek has worked on include; V.I.P., The Others, C.S.I., Birds of Prey, Pasadena, Sins of the City, L.A. Doctors and The District. Dudek worked as assistant director on Fox Searchlights’ film, Thirteen, starring Holly Hunter. The film took home best directorial award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Jason’s sister, Ali Dudek, is also in show
business. She graduated from the
Jason and Ali Dudek got a chance to work together in 2007 when Jason produced the first California sanctioned women's MMA (mixed martial arts) cage fighting event. The International event took place at the Japan Theater in Los Angeles. Ali worked as a ringside reporter for the HD Video production, also produced and directed by Jason. They both had a blast and hope to get a chance to work together again soon.