Jonathan Wacks

Jonathan Wacks

Director and screenwriter in New York City, New York

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Jonathan Wacks has directed a number of films including Powwow Highway, produced by Beatle, George Harrison. The film was winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker’s Trophy, nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, and winner of awards for best picture, director, and actor at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Wacks’ first film, Crossroads/South Africa, won a Student Academy Award in the documentary category. He then produced the acclaimed cult-­‐hit Repo Man, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, and directed, Mystery Date, starring Ethan Hawke and Terri Polo, Ed and His Dead Mother, starring Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty, and an array of TV productions including 21 Jump Street, with Johnny Depp, Sirens and Going To Extremes. Prior to his career as a director, Wacks served as Vice President of Production at the Samuel Goldwyn Company. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Independent Feature Project/West (IFP/West), the largest organization of independent filmmakers in America, and has served on the selection committee of the Writers’ Program at the Sundance Institute. His work has been seen at numerous international film festivals including Sundance, Montreal, Tokyo, Florence, London, Leipzig, Leeds, Cape Town, Deauville, New York, Munich, and Berlin. He has written a several screenplays including, Recoil based on the Jim Thompson novel, No Cure for Love, Another Year in Africa, Coldsleep Lullaby, and Stuck. Wacks served as Head of the Film Department at the Vancouver Film School in British Columbia and Professor and Chair of the Moving Image Arts Department at the College of Santa Fe, NM. He was also Director of Garson Studios, Santa Fe. Jonathan Wacks has directed a number of films including Powwow Highway, produced by Beatle, George Harrison. The film was winner of the Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker’s Trophy, nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, and winner of awards for best picture, director, and actor at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Wacks’ first film, Crossroads/South Africa, won a Student Academy Award in the documentary category. He then produced the acclaimed cult-­‐hit Repo Man, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, and directed, Mystery Date, starring Ethan Hawke and Terri Polo, Ed and His Dead Mother, starring Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty, and an array of TV productions including 21 Jump Street, with Johnny Depp, Sirens and Going To Extremes. Prior to his career as a director, Wacks served as Vice President of Production at the Samuel Goldwyn Company. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Independent Feature Project/West (IFP/West), the largest organization of independent filmmakers in America, and has served on the selection committee of the Writers’ Program at the Sundance Institute. His work has been seen at numerous international film festivals including Sundance, Montreal, Tokyo, Florence, London, Leipzig, Leeds, Cape Town, Deauville, New York, Munich, and Berlin. He has written a several screenplays including, Recoil based on the Jim Thompson novel, No Cure for Love, Another Year in Africa, Coldsleep Lullaby, and Stuck. Wacks served as Head of the Film Department at the Vancouver Film School in British Columbia and Professor and Chair of the Moving Image Arts Department at the College of Santa Fe, NM. He was also Director of Garson Studios, Santa Fe and Chair of the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, Boston, MA. Wacks is currently Founding Director of the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY, scheduled to open in Fall 2015. He holds a BA (Hons.) from the University of Essex (UK) and an MFA from the UCLA Film School,. And is a member of the Directors Guild of America.


Name: Jonathan Wacks

Lives in: New York City, New York

Occupation: Director and Screenwriter

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