About

Jared Callahan

* Director/Producer 

* Pastor

* Founder/Creative Director at People People Media Company

 

Fun Facts:

  • Jared works with his spouse Sophie as a pastor/mentor of The Possibility Project.
  • Founder and Creative Director at People People Media Company
  • Has been to 46 states
  • Has a Master in Spiritual Formation and is finishing a Master of Divinity.  If Jared had time to complete more school, he’d love to get an MFA in Filmmaking and probably a Doctorate of Ministry, focused in preaching.
  • A bull directly charged Jared after he had just run with the bulls in Pamplona
  • Jared cannot sing, remember jokes, or swim very well.
  • Jared works out of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, & Atlanta.

Bio:

Jared Callahan is a fun, kind, loud, storytelling redhead. Jared loves snowboarding, creeks, deep-fried food, reading, hearing great stories, exploring new places, and watching sports.

Growing up in Lodi, CA, he became interested in film by making skateboard movies in high school. Jared moved to the San Diego area to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. Jared earned his B.A. in Media Communication (emphasis in Production) and minored in Youth Ministry. He worked in youth ministry for 16 years and earned a Masters in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University and was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2013. He will complete his Masters of Divinity in May 2018.

Jared moved with his wife Sophie to Atlanta, GA in 2014 when Sophie attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University. While in Atlanta, Jared refined his skills as a traveling speaker, writer, and filmmaker. He has spoken at countless colleges, universities, camps, retreats, film festivals, and conferences. Jared has had his writing published in the likes of Darling Magazine, Moviemaker, and The Viewpoint.

Jared currently serves as one of the Atlanta Film Society’s Filmmakers in Residence. He has worked, mentored, taught, crewed, written, and directed over 60 short films and 4 feature films that have won awards all over the world. Jared honed his filmmaking abilities under the guidance of a quality group of filmmakers in San Diego, including Destin Cretton, Lowell Frank, Brad Kester, and Joel P. West. Most notably, he was the First AD on Cretton’s Short Term 12, which won the Grand Jury Prize for short filmmaking at Sundance in 2009, as well as the First AD on the 2012 Sundance feature film I AM NOT A HIPSTER.

In 2016, Jared released his directorial debut feature documentary, Janey Makes a Play, which played at over 20 festivals. It received a modest distribution deal, and is now available on iTunes and Amazon. JMAP is booking screenings at business, non-profits, senior living communities, and theatre troupes to raise moral and money to support seniors in the arts. His current films are available through PBS, The New York Times, and are touring the film festival circuit. (IMDB)

Jared and Sophie recently moved to Palo Alto, CA to take positions with The Possibility Project. TPP is a residential ministry and mentorship program in association with the Church of the Nazarene’s Northern California District. Residents live for two years in intentional communal housing while they explore creative ways of serving the church and community. With the group, Jared has served as an Artist in Residence, creating content that will be published as a book or a zine aimed at engaging young adults in tough topics regarding spirituality and adulthood. Jared also serves the NorCal District by mentoring local youth ministry leaders.

Jared is an ideator who works incredibly hard and is always looking for talented collaborators for telling unique and intimate character stories. Jared uses film to teach himself empathy for the journeys of others. If you work in publishing, as a film editor, producer, writer, magazine editor, or work in venture capital you should make contact