Jonathan is a Los Angeles-based producer and director. After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focused in compositional technique in painting and photography, he graduated with dean’s list honors from the world’s largest film school, Columbia College Chicago, receiving a BA in Film & Video with a concentration in screenwriting, directing, and editing. That summer, he enlisted a crew of alum, and using 15k of his own money, produced, wrote and directed a 30 minute narrative film inspired by his Hispanic childhood experiences as an only child obsessed with television, in a colorful 1990s Chicago west side.
Jonathan went on to study improvisational style at the iO Theater, intern at Avenue post production house, and work at Columbia as a digital editing lab assistant, where he supervised film production students on their use of Avid and Final Cut Pro editing software. Making the move west in 2009, he worked in freelance video editing, both out-of-house* and in-house at Subtractive in Santa Monica, where he was in charge of editorials on promotional videos for major multimedia clients— a long departure from his days hand-splicing raw 16mm film. *For editorial samples, click on a video on this site.
A storyteller at heart, Jonathan has written 6 feature screenplays, novel/novellas, and dozens of shorts and treatments for music videos he’s also produced and directed. Music being his second passion, he feels at home collaborating with musicians, using his cinematic eye to aesthetically interpret their work in signature style: glazing visceral themes of the human condition with a dark patina.
Jonathan placed in the short film category at the Las Vegas Film Festival for “Car Date,” a pseudo-psychological documentary about modern dating he co-directed, and made the “Hot Young Director’s to Watch For” list for his “Hateus” music video at the Los Angeles Music Video Festival.