jonjon
 

I was born in Seattle, Washington - the son of an artist and a florist. At an early age my father pushed me to create with my hands and my mind. When I wasn't bouncing a ball I was drawing a picture, tracing a baseball card, welding a sculpture - studying the masters, Michelangelo, Raphael, etc. Sometime along the way, he also got me a camera and from that point on I was hooked on the moving image. I shot everything and really delved into matching melodies to my visuals.

I started to pursue filmmaking in my undergraduate studies - using the camera to tell small narratives. It was during this time I really discovered the works of other directors like Gus Van Sant, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick, Paul Greengrass, and artists like Basquiat, Haring, Twombly, Franz Kline. All directors, artists I now study and try to integrate into my own style - who've helped define my eye.

These days I live in Los Angeles, working as a filmmaker, music video director and commercial director. My favorite films are Good Will Hunting, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Warrior, Boiler Room... and one time I met Spike Jonze, it was awesome.

I believe my work hits every inch of the emotional spectrum and I understand the contradictory aspect therein. For me, this is the human condition - that such opposite feelings, emotions can exist within our psyche and come out in our artistic endeavors…. the youth, fun, ease and color of “thrift shop” and “pill ibiza” shone my adolescence like no other, but I also understand works like “la la land” and “same love” express a tender understanding of human struggle.

2016.