For his entire life, Boston-native Jake Oelman has been telling tales. Not wives or fairy tales but true to life depictions of harrowing honesty. From an early age, he found captive audiences at local playgrounds wowing crowds with feats of bravado and his uncanny wit. Since then, he has scoured the globe looking for larger than life stories among people that could keep up with him. From music to mountains and ramps to rain forests, Oelman has been accumulating knowledge from diverse cultures in an effort to share their perspectives and in so doing, hone his skills as a narrative craftsman. His recent years at home in Los Angeles have been filled writing, directing, producing and editing everything he touches. He also learned how to kick your ass at Texas Hold'Em and steal your underwear in a blink of an eye but that's another story entirely.
His prolific years as an action sports filmmaker resulted in six diverse skateboarding and snowboarding films: Juice, The Ride, Cathedral, Flick, Circles and Ghetto Blaster. His films earned him two best film nominations at the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Since cutting his teeth in commercials and music videos, Jake has worked with brands such as Red Bull, DC Shoes, Pepsi, Axe, Lucky Jeans and real estate powerhouses Kennedy Wilson and Collier International. He won two ADDY Awards in the process. His music videos and live concert films include artists such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Sting, Elton John, Kiss and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His recent narrative films have shown at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Quicksilver Film Festival and his shows have appeared on MTV and Fuel TV. For the past four years, Oelman produced a concert documentary revolving around the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest and most prestigious electronic music festival in North America. This year's event in Las Vegas had a record 250,000 attendees. The film, The EDC Experience, premiered on August 4th, 2011 on 590 screens as a part of NCM Fathom Events.
Combining his formative years searching for stories and a few brushes with the law, Oelman's directing style merges clean lines with natural beauty focusing on the importance of environment and physical setting. His eye and attention to detail highlights the nuances of visual narrative in all of his projects.