Jonathan’s films as a director and/or producer have been supported by broadcasters and funders including BBC, PBS, NHK-Japan, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, and Sundance Institute. Personally or through Changeworx, he has worked on documentary features that follow people from five continents as their lives unfold over multiple years.
Changeworx’s latest film is Among the Believers, a non-judgmental investigation of the Red Mosque madrassah network made collaboratively over six years by a Pakistani Muslim, Indian Hindu and American Jew (Jonathan). Set for wider release in 2016, Among the Believers has won over a dozen awards internationally on the festival circuit, and was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award. Jonathan’s recent directing project Follow the Leader was featured on C-Span, CNN and Fox; released by Angelika Film Center, PBS stations and Cinedigm; and was the only documentary to premiere in Tampa & Charlotte during the 2012 Republican and Democratic national conventions. His first feature, Sunny Intervals and Showers (Director, Producer, Editor, Camera, 2003), screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Chicago and One World Human Rights Film Festival; aired within the BBC Storyville documentary series; and was nominated for Grierson (British Documentary) and Mental Health Media Awards.
Jonathan studied social psychology, political philosophy, and art at Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) in 1999. He has been based in Brooklyn since 2008.