As Creative Director of Greensboro, NC’s straight jacket-tested/doctor- approved Mad Ones Films, Jaysen Buterin has devoted himself to showing the unbridled kaleidoscopic creativity just waiting to be unleashed when the inmates are finally allowed to run the cinematic asylum. Since 2006, he has specialized in creating character-focused, dialogue-driven genre-juggling indie films including everything from Faustian rock & roll thrillers (“The Devil’s Tramping Ground”) to dark deadly comedies (“The Decapitator”) to femme fatale fantasy (“Flipper Stripper Vixens at the Inferno A-Go- Go!”) and more!
Buterin spent four years writing, directing and masterminding the epic short film trilogy, “The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets & Hot Pink Jesus.” Initially released as three separate short films – allowing viewers to literally watch the movie as it was being made – this multiple award-winning set of sinful stories (‘Best Grindhouse Film,’ Killuride Film Festival; ‘Best Feature Film,’ MonsterCon Film Festival) is a “Twilight Zone meets Tarantino” thrill ride, a Shakespearean spaghetti western that will serenade your brain and ride off into the sunset with your heart.
After the HPJ Trilogy was completed, Jaysen turned his attention to a full slate of projects both behind, and in front of, the camera. He filmed a supporting role alongside the legendary Judith O’Dea in Matt Cloude’s creative reimagining of the cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead: Genesis,” as well as making a couple of killer cameos in Jesse Knight’s sci-fi action thriller, “Hybrid,” Darren W. Conrad’s powerfully poignant family film, “A Father’s Love,” and a vamp with camp in Matthew B. Moore’s “Hellions Rise.”
Buterin jumped back in the writer/director’s chair for his latest short films, the terrifying tale of revenge from beyond the grave known “Between Hell and a Hard Place,” which will be the first entry of the “Beneath the Old Dark House” horror anthology was followed by the sinister short film, “Don’t Let the Light In.” Up next for the Mad Ones will be a big-screen adaptation of a short story by award-winning author, John Hartness, followed up by the feature-length coulrophobia-courting clown killer thriller, “KILL GIGGLES.” When he’s not playing make-believe on a film set or a stage, he spends every waking moment (and most of the sleeping ones) with his gorgeous golden goddess of a wife and his beautiful blue-eyed baby Boy, whom he fondly refers to as “Stormageddon, the Dark Lord of All.”