Jon Kauffman is an award-winning filmmaker, whose short films have played at film festivals throughout the United States, including at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2016, he was one of ten filmmakers selected for IFP’s Narrative Filmmaker Lab for his feature-film debut, Heartlock, which was just sold for domestic and international distribution. It’s U.S. theatrical release is set for fall 2018. Jon is currently working on his follow-up feature-film, while also developing a one-hour dramatic TV series featured at IFP Week 2017, entitled The Nation.
Jon received his M.F.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program and received an A.B. with honors from Occidental College in Los Angeles. In addition, Jon apprenticed with, and assisted, Darren Aronofsky for two years, working alongside him on The Wrestler and Black Swan. Dedicated to telling unconventional stories set in hole-and-corner worlds, Jon’s quest for authenticity and personal connections to the stories he tells has led him from the diamond mines of East Africa, to back alley Hasidic butcher shops, to the seven- story tiers of Michigan state penitentiaries, to the wilds of The Everglades.