Jason Betke

6600 N. Lehigh Ave. Chicago, IL 60646



Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video, Columbia College Chicago

Focus: Directing, Editing and Post-Production

Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Chicago

Graduated with Honors

Focus: Film History (History of the MPAA, the Studio System and Ratings Codes; German Film);  Urban History; and History of the American West


Adjunct Instructor, Columbia College Chicago, Cinema and Television Arts, 

2007 - Present
Instructed students in Editing, Compositing, Sound Design, Cinematography, Lighting, Screenwriting, and Documentary Production.   Created curricula collaboratively with senior faculty and utilized on-line learning management systems.

Adjunct Instructor, Triton College, 2022 - Present
Instructed students in Cinema Appreciation and Cinema History.

Teaching Artist, Advanced Arts Program, Chicago Public Schools, 2020- 2022

Instructed high school students in advanced video production in a city-wide, 

college level, daily after-school program.  

Freelance Video Producer, 2009 - Present
Craft specialized messaging for a wide range of industries including energy, 

medical, and electronics.   Write, direct, shoot and edit narrative and documentary films.

Utilize skills in photography and design to animate custom titles and effects.  Mix 

and finish films for distribution across web and broadcast media.

Lecturer, Northwestern University, Radio/TV/Film, 2003 - 2007 and Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Radio/TV/Film, 2001 - 2003

Instructed students in Directing, Editing, Cinematography, and Documentary 

Production.   Chaired Production Committee and oversaw yearly $500,000 equipment budget.  Served as faculty advisor for multiple student groups.  Participated on Curriculum Committee.  Managed National High School Institute Film program.

Northwestern University NUAMPS (Advanced Media Production Services)

Informational Technology Specialist, 1999 - 2001

Shot and edited video projects for senior faculty and staff at Northwestern University.  Produced and directed streaming, multi-camera live events.


HD and 4K Videographer; Digital Editor on multiple platforms including Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer; Compositing and Visual Effects designer using Adobe After Effects; sound mixer with Adobe Audition.  Experienced with Photoshop and Illustrator.  Decent grip and gaffer, and not a bad boom operator.  Can operate a sound-board and a video mixer.  
Experienced with Microsoft Teams and Google cloud applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.  

Experienced with Learning Management Systems including Canvas, Moodle, Oasis, Blackboard, and Google Classrooms.


Portfolio at
My Father’s Accordion,  Documentary, HDSLR, (Camera, Editor), 7 min., 2021
Music Matters, Documentary, HDSLR, (Camera, Editor), 4 min, 2017
Vincible, Documentary, HDSLR, (Camera), 50 minutes,  2017
PEOPLE PLEASING POLKA, Documentary, HD Video, (Director, Camera, Editor), 6 

minutes,  2016

Industrial Films for Hydro Inc., an industrial pump company.  Training and human 

resource videos for the web,  HDSLR, (Director, Camera, Editor), 3-5 min., 2012 - 2016

Screenflex, Web Commercial, HD Video, 8 minutes, October 2015
The Celiac Project, Documentary, HDSLR, (C0-Producer, Camera), 50 minutes, 

May 2015

Stacey Pfingsten for 2nd Ward Alderman, Political Ad, HDSLR, (Camera, 

Editor), 3 minutes, 2015

A Trip to the Park, Children’s Educational, HDSLR, (Writer, Director, Camera, 

Music), 2 minutes, 2014

EISMA (Evanston In-School Music Association), Marketing Film, HDV,

(Camera), 5 minutes, 2014

Eddie Betke, U.S. Army Air Force, Documentary, 2 minutes, HDSLR (Writer, 

Director, Editor, Music) 2014

Marketing and Advertising web-shorts for health-care clients of JRK Strategies, 

HDSLR and HD Video (Camera, Editor), 2-3 minutes, 2014 - 2015

Marketing Film for Knowles microphones.  HD Video (Camera, Editor, Effects), 1 

minute, 2014
A Winter Walk through the Forest Preserve, Children’s Educational, HDSLR, 

(Writer, Director, Camera, Editor, Music), 1 min., 2013

Marketing Films for Broadwind Energy, a wind turbine and industrial gear 

company.  HD Video, (Camera, Editor, Effects), 3-5 min., 2013

Insight for Eating, interviews for eating disorders website, HDSLR, (Director,  

Camera, Editor, Effects), 3-5 min., 2012
Friends, Children’s Educational, HDSLR, (Writer, Director, Camera, Editor), 2 min.,


An Exceptional Life, Documentary, HDSLR, (Camera, Editor, Sound), 7 min., 


Letter C, Children’s Educational, HDSLR, (Writer, Director, Camera, Editor), 2 min., 


Breaking the News Web Sketches, HD Video, (Writer, Director, Camera, Editor), 

2 min., 2010

Mr. Carpet, Web Commercial, HD Video, (Writer, Director, Camera, Editor), 2 min., 


The Audition, Narrative, HD video, (Writer, Director, Editor), 3 min., 2006

DaimlerChrysler-UAW Promotional Video, Industrial, Mixed Video, (Editor), 

for EJ Malek, 5 min., 2005

Two Chicks, Narrative, video, (Writer, Director, Editor), 10 min., 2003

Dogwalker, Narrative, 16mm (Producer and Assistant Director), 10 min., 2003

Dramas of Haymarket, Historical Website, Documentary Interviews mixed video 

(Camera, Editor), with Chicago Historical Society, 2000

Internet2 Documentaries, Web Series on Assorted Academic Subjects, 

Documentary Interviews (Director, Camera, Editor), with NUAMPS, 

1999 - 2001

Brooklyn Side, Narrative, 16 mm, (Writer, Director) 12 min., 2000


My Father’s Accordion Featured in Teacher Appreciation Arts Exhibition
with Chicago Public Schools, 2021
The Celiac Project Screened at the Wilmette Theater June 2015; and on WTTW 

Chicago Public Television  May, 2016; nationwide distribution in 2020
Dogwalker Screened at the Kansas City Jubilee of Film, 2004
Dramas of Haymarket was presented at the Museums and the Web conference, I

Indianapolis, IN, 2001

Brooklyn Side Screened at the Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY, 


Conversant in German.   Amateur accordion player.  Home brewer.  Bowler.