Jon Kauffman is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have played at film festivals throughout the United States, including the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

Jon received his MFA from Columbia University's Graduate Film Program and received a BA with honors from Occidental College in Los Angeles. In addition, Jon served as an apprentice and assistant to Darren Aronofsky for over two years and on such films as "THE WRESTLER" and "BLACK SWAN."

 

In 2016, he was selected for IFP’s Narrative Lab for his debut feature-film, "HEARTLOCK" (watch the trailer), which The Los Angeles Times called "lean, stylish and confidently crafted." The film was released domestically online and in select theaters in 2019. it is also being distributed internationally in select territories, including the UK and China.

 

Currently, Jon is at work on his second feature-film, as well as the one-hour dramatic TV series he created (to be Executive Produced by Ramin Bahrani), the pilot for which was a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Labs and a selection for IFP Week's Project Forum.

 

Dedicated to unconventional narratives set in hole-and-corner worlds, Jon's quest for personal, authentic storytelling has led him from African diamond mines, to back-alley Hasidic butcheries, to Michigan state penitentiaries, to the inner-depths of the Everglades.

 

Seeing emerging interfaces like messaging, voice, AR, and VR as the next narrative frontier, in 2017, Jon started contracting as a Creative Director/Conversational Designer for AI-based technology firms seeking to create more in-depth, "human" characters and dialogue for their user experiences (the primary use case being conversational marketing). Unlike his peers, Jon’s training as a filmmaker, plus his early evangelism in this space, have come to define his design style as one that emphasizes emotion and non-verbal/pictorial forms of storytelling over more predominant, prosaic approaches.

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JON KAUFFMAN

Jon Kauffman is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have played at film festivals throughout the United States, including the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

Jon received his MFA from Columbia University's Graduate Film Program and received a BA with honors from Occidental College in Los Angeles. In addition, Jon served as an apprentice and assistant to Darren Aronofsky for over two years and on such films as "THE WRESTLER" and "BLACK SWAN."

 

In 2016, he was selected for IFP’s Narrative Lab for his debut feature-film, "HEARTLOCK" (watch the trailer), which The Los Angeles Times called "lean, stylish and confidently crafted." The film was released domestically online and in select theaters in 2019. it is also being distributed internationally in select territories, including the UK and China.

 

Currently, Jon is at work on his second feature-film, as well as the one-hour dramatic TV series he created (to be Executive Produced by Ramin Bahrani), the pilot for which was a finalist for the Sundance Episodic Labs and a selection for IFP Week's Project Forum.

 

Dedicated to unconventional narratives set in hole-and-corner worlds, Jon's quest for personal, authentic storytelling has led him from African diamond mines, to back-alley Hasidic butcheries, to Michigan state penitentiaries, to the inner-depths of the Everglades.

 

Seeing emerging interfaces like messaging, voice, AR, and VR as the next narrative frontier, in 2017, Jon started contracting as a Creative Director/Conversational Designer for AI-based technology firms seeking to create more in-depth, "human" characters and dialogue for their user experiences (the primary use case being conversational marketing). Unlike his peers, Jon’s training as a filmmaker, plus his early evangelism in this space, have come to define his design style as one that emphasizes emotion and non-verbal/pictorial forms of storytelling over more predominant, prosaic approaches.

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JON KAUFFMAN