Conveying a sense of Jason Hinkle’s dynamic personality in writing isn’t difficult after exchanging a few sentences with this California man.
However, Hinkle himself has done a much better job of telling his story, and this one’s live on his Web site: www.myspace.com/jrhink. A 28-minute film entitled “My Life,” which he narrates, relates his experiences before and after being diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia at age 16. (He’s now 36.)
“My Life,” which Hinkle spent five years producing, is an award winner — recognized by professional filmmakers in film festivals around the world. Not surprisingly, film, video and broadcasting are areas in which he wields considerable expertise.
Hinkle has an associate degree in radio and television, a bachelor’s degree in visual and performing arts (earlier he earned a B.A. in history with a minor in film studies), and a master’s degree in film.
Today he’s working to produce a second film, this one about public transportation challenges for people with disabilities. He also works at California State University San Marcos as a student assistant (he was the school’s Outstanding Alumnus in 2005), and hopes one day to teach film study courses interactively online. As he has time, he volunteers to speak and help out at MDA fundraisers in the San Diego area.
“I have a disability,” he says. “My speech is not the best. I’m confined to a wheelchair. But I do have a brain. I, too, have goals and aspirations, it just takes me longer to get there.”