Hi. How are you?

Thanks for being here. I'm Jonathan. I believe the camera is a tool that can shake the foundations of power. I try to focus the lens on people building a better world. I'm working on a feature film and am open to freelance opportunities.

 

In 2010 I picked up filmmaking because I noticed media wasn't really paying attention to the grassroots. I filmed local artists and organizers and have covered movement spaces since - sticking around because I see a spark. I still see that fire in you. Passionate about telling stories of risk takers and their fight, I believe in community building and the strength of the collective. I've been very privileged, especially in spending time with inspiring people and being welcomed into different communities. Everything has been humbling. I owe many people dinners and wouldn't be here without them. Their guidance, friendship, teamwork, honesty, and spirit of defiance I continue to cherish.

Born 'n raised and currently in Wisconsin, I graduated from

UW-Madison in Political Science and studied film with doc|UW-Milwaukee. There I directed a series about student life - focusing on the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Women's Resource Center. I've been fortunate - In DC I became an elderly intern and Production Assistant with Al Jazeera's Fault Lines, and then a Production Coordinator of the Kennedy Center Honors Films. I moved to NY to be a Senior Producer and Co-Creative Director of the social and economic justice program The Laura Flanders Show.  When Standing Rock heated up in September 2016 a call was made, and I left my job and moved to the resistance camps. There I met some folks and we formed a film collective. We're currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Sacred & the Snake. My role in the project is C0-Director, DP, and Assistant Editor. Our team is making steps towards the finish line.

 

When not working I visit the fam, bike the city, play baseball with my niece and nephew, shoot hoops, dance poorly, swim in the lake, listen to HDTGM and watch historically bad movies - aka masterpieces - (the latest was Double Dragon).  Bad movies are often the best.

Later,

Jonathan 

WORK / PLAY

Co-Founder

Liminal Films

C0-Director/DP/Assistant Editor

The Sacred & The Snake (a feature documentary in post-production)

PAST

Co-Senior Producer/DP/Editor

The Laura Flanders Show, NYC - winner of Indie-Media award

Producer/Shooter

AJ+, Fusion, The Guardian, The Center for Investigative Reporting,

Investigative Reporting Productions, Reveal, Voces de la Frontera,

FreeRedFawn, Voice of America - Storyhunter's "Best Untold Story of 2016"

for work with Fusion at Standing Rock.

Production Coordinator / Archivist

The Kennedy Center Honors Films, DC - Emmy winning

 

Intern/PA

Al Jazeera English's Fault Lines, DC - Emmy winning

Wedding Videographer

I've done two weddings for friends, early on in my experience

Producer/Shooter/Editor/Fellow

doc|UWM, Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Arts

Political Science and a Certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

a few film classes, much learning and working

Thank you old friends. Come up to Milwaukee, especially for the DNC - let's see what you got on the bball court and go swimming. The world is messed up. "I'm exhausted, you're exhausted, we're all exhausted, but we have the power to fight back and we continue to and we will" - Rami Malek

SOME MUSIC I LIKE, TUNES FROM THE ROAD

The Sacred & The Snake

the film I'm working on

SUPPORT

and the people who fed me and gave me a place to sleep.

THANKS!

Films and Pieces

Voces de la Frontera - Resistance to Trump's Wisconsin Visit Director/DP/Editor - 2018

Line 3 Shut Down - Camp Makwa - Director/DP/Editor - 2018

Words from Red FawnCo-Director/DP/Editor - 2017

The Women leading the resistance at Standing Rock Report Assault by Law Enforcement - Camera - 2016

RISE with Standing Rock - Director/DP/Editor - 2016

Standing Rock Special: Part 1Director/DP/Assistant Editor - 2016

The People's Revolution at the DNC - Director/DP/Editor - 2016

Divestment Victory at Columbia University - Director/DP/Editor - 2016

Damayan Cleaning Cooperative - Director/DP/Editor - 2016

Mining and Resistance in Dinétah - DP/Editor - 2016

Baltimore - a Moment to a Movement - DP - 2015

Recovery or Removal - New Orleans 10 years Later - 2nd Camera - 2015

Kennedy Center Honors Films - 10 doc shorts Archivist/Production Coordinator - 2013 and 2014

Fault Lines Docs - 5 pieces - Production Assistant / Intern / Gear Check - 2013

LGBTQ Resource Center, Women's Resource Center, Student Life at UWM - Director/DP/Editor - 2012

FLOW Director/DP/Editor - 2011

IMAGINARY SOUNDWALK

Objective:  Record, mix, and design sound to create a sense of movement from different complex soundscapes. 

Milwaukee. 2011.

OLD STENCILS