Jon Jost

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Jon Jost
Born (1943-05-16) May 16, 1943 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Filmmaker

Jon Jost (born 16 May 1943 in Chicago) is an American independent filmmaker.[1]

Born in Chicago to a military family, he grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany and Virginia. He began making films in January 1963 after being expelled from college. In 1965 he was imprisoned by US authorities for 2 years 3 months for refusal to cooperate with the Selective Service system.[2] On his release he became engaged in anti-war activities, working for the draft resistance, Chicago Mobilization, and helped found the Chicago branch of what became Newsreel, the New Left Film production and distribution group.[2]

Self-taught as a filmmaker, he made his first full-length film in 1974, and has since that time focused on a wide range of American issues in his films. Since 1996 he has worked almost exclusively in digital video (DV), completing twenty one features and many short films. Two of his most widely known films are All the Vermeers in New York (1990) and The Bed You Sleep In (1993). His 1977 feature, Last Chants for a Slow Dance is listed in the book 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die.

Jost also works in photography and painting.

Filmography[edit]

Feature length films[edit]

  • Speaking Directly (1973)
  • Angel City (1976)
  • Last Chants for a Slow Dance (1977)
  • Chameleon (16 to 35 mm)(1978)
  • Stagefright (1981)
  • Slow Moves (1983)
  • Bell Diamond (1986)
  • Plain Talk & Common Sense (1987)
  • Rembrandt Laughing (1988)
  • Sure Fire (super16 to 35 mm) (1990)
  • All the Vermeers in New York (35 mm) (1990)
  • Frameup (35 mm) (1993)
  • The Bed You Sleep In (35 mm) (1993)
  • Uno a me, uno a te e uno a Raffaele (35 mm) (1994)
  • London Brief (DV) (1997)
  • Nas Correntes de Luz da Ria Formosa (DV) (1999)
  • 6 Easy Pieces (DV) (2000)
  • Roma - un ritratto improvvisario (DV) (2000)
  • Muri romani (DV) (2000)
  • Oui Non (DV) (2002)
  • Vergessensfuge (DV) (2004)
  • Homecoming (DV) (2004)
  • Chhattisgahr Sketches (DV) (2004)
  • Passages (DV) (2004)
  • La Lunga Ombra (DV) (2005)
  • Over Here (DV) (2007)
  • Parable (DV) (2008)
  • Rant (DV) (2008)
  • Swimming in Nebraska (DV) (2010)
  • Imagens de uma cidade perdida (DV) 2011
  • Dissonance (DV/HD) 2011
  • Trinity (DV/HD) 2011
  • The Narcissus Flowers of Katsura-shima (HD) 2012
  • Coming to Terms (HD) 2013
  • Canyon (HD) 2013
  • They Had It Coming (HD) 2014
  • Blue Strait (HD) 2014

Short films[edit]

  • Canyon, 2012, 24 mins, USA (short version)
  • Stand, 1012, 30 mins, USA
  • AMTRAK, 2009, 27 mins, USA
  • Mr Right, 2009, 30 mins, Seoul S Korea
  • San Lorenzo, 2006, 12 mins, Italy
  • A View of Mount Baker from Port Angeles, Wa. [For Hokusai], 2004
  • A Walk Through Waseda Garden, 2004
  • Tanti Auguri, 2002
  • FUNKIES - 10 Electronic Paintings, 2003
  • Fugue, 2002
  • Water Song #2, 2001
  • Dharma Does As Dharma Do, 2001
  • Vera x 3, 2001
  • Til Edvard, 2001
  • Adrift, 2001
  • Water Song #1, 1998
  • Godard 80, 1980
  • Beauty Sells Best, 1978
  • X2: Two Dances by Nancy Karp, 1980
  • Primaries/A Turning Point in Lunatic China/1, 2, 3 Four, 1971
  • A Man Is More Than The Sum of His Parts/A Woman Is, 1971
  • Fall Creek, 1970
  • Canyon, 1970
  • Flower, 1970
  • Susannah's Film, 1969
  • 13 Fragments & 3 Narratives from Life, 1968
  • Traps, 1967
  • Leah, 1967
  • Judith, 1965
  • We Didn't Go to Unique's, 1965
  • City, 1964
  • Sunday, 1964
  • Chalma, 1964
  • Repetition, 1963
  • Portrait, 1963

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ a b Jost, Jon; Aaron Gerow; Abé Mark Nornes; Fujiwara Toshifumi (March 10, 1999). "An Interview with Jon Jost". Documentary Box (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival) (12). ISSN 1340-9824. 

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