An Introduction to JASON RUSSELL
1: Who am I?
I am a rebel soul: dream evangelist. I am obsessed with people. I tell stories by making inspiring movies that move people’s emotions, and then I take those emotions and transform them into action. My middle name is Radical. I married my best friend. We have known each other since we were six and seven. I have a three-year-old boy named Gavin Danger & a one-year-old girl named Everley Darling. I truly believe I am the luckiest person on earth because of my family, friends and the ability to go to a dream factory every day for work.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Touring a new Invisible Children movie called Tony. We will screen it to a direct audience of 500,000 people for the next three months. We will have a huge event on April 25th in which we will be going silent for 25 hours in order to raise funds and protect the child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel army. I am also training for an Iron Man.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from San Diego California with an upbringing in musical theater. I am going to help end the longest running war in Africa, get Joseph Kony arrested & redefine international justice. Then I am going to direct a Hollywood musical. Then I am going to study theology & literature in Oxford, England, and then move to New York to start “The Academy” – which will be a school where the best creative young minds in the world attend.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
If Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Bono had a baby, I would be that baby.
5: What book is your bible?
East of Eden. No book will ever come as close to the love I have for that book. Timshel.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Brewing my own beer, watching documentaries, bouncing on the bed with my children, traveling to undiscovered places, forgiveness, cheese and Mumford & Sons.
Ignorance. Laziness. Injustice.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To do impossible things. And to see lives wake up to their true potential.
8: What is your favorite color?
Red. For every single reason you can think of. Love. Hate. Passion.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11: What turns you on?
Pregnant women. (This is not a joke).
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you tell them?
Jason “Radical” Russell is a co-founder of Invisible Children, as well as our grand storyteller and dreamer. It’s his sparks of creative intelligence and insanity that have propelled IC to redefine the concept of humanitarian work, offering new life to old hope. A filmmaker by trade, Jason graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school with a degree in Cinema Production. He admires Oprah, Bono, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Baz Luhrmann, and Dan Eldon and believes wholeheartedly in magic and the impossible. Already a proud papa to Gavin Danger and Everley Darling, Jason wants to have nine more children with his beautiful wife Danica—the girl who has been his best friend for over 23 years.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Jillian Mercado & Marie Havens
Photography Courtesy of Invisible Children
Design by Marie Havens
Jason Russell, 2009-2010, Photography Courtesy of Invisible Children