|Born||Jonathan Foster Kinyon
March 29, 1962
Palo Alto, California, USA
|Other names||J. F. Kinyon|
|Occupation||Filmmaker, Music Producer, Entrepreneur|
|Known for||Creator of The Jimi Homeless Experience; Producer, Writer & Director of the film God Squad!; Founder/President of Hot Rod Condoms (condom brand).|
Hot Rod Condoms
In 2002 he wrote, produced and directed God Squad!, a comedy film which parodied Christian Films and 1970s Buddy Cop Films. It featured cult film actress and former Penthouse Pet of the Year (1993) Julie Strain as well as actor Al Israel who is famous for his roles in Scarface, Carlito's Way and Body Double. Composer Bob Crail is credited with writing the film's musical score. After its premiere at the Academy Award accredited Los Angeles Film Festival the film went on to screen at Tromadance 2003, the Backseat Film Festival and several other U.S. film festivals. This film is included in the European version of "The Best of Tromadance" DVD.
The Jimi Homeless Experience
Stop motion animation and webcomic
On March 6, 2008 he became the first "featured animator" on MyToons, a YouTube-styled website specifically geared for 2-D and 3-D animation, with a stop motion animation parody of Jimi Hendrix' key performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The animated piece features a fictional character named Jimi Homeless who first appeared in a series of webcomics published as The Jimi Homeless Experience (webcomic). The webcomics are written by Jon Kinyon and drawn by an underground cartoonist known as Big Tasty. The stop motion animation was a collaboration with Josh Curtis, the singer for the related band project, who molded the clay version of Jimi Homeless.
On August 23, 2007 he released a full length CD of parody songs he had written and produced, all inspired by the aforementioned comic. The first CD by The Jimi Homeless Experience was released on the exact day of the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' first album release Are You Experienced, his Are You Homeless? features "Weird Al" Yankovic-styled parodies of some of Hendrix' biggest hits.
Night of the Loving Dead (2014)
Jon Kinyon wrote and directed a parody of the classic horror film Night of the Living Dead. The short film was co-produced with his two brothers C.J. Kinyon and C.C. Kinyon, and was filmed at a long-abandoned cemetery in Half Moon Bay, CA. It premiered as an Official Selection in the web based film festival Once a Week Online Film Festival.
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- "La Troma". Trash Inside. Trash Inside. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- "Jon Kinyon in Motion". Animation Snack. MyToons. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "The Jimi Homeless Experience: Even Weirder Than Weird Al". Home of Music. Melodika. 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2008-04-25.
- Voss, Ken (April 2008), "Jimi Hendrix: Are You Homeless Tonight?", Voodoo Child: 1
- "Comedy". Official Selections. Once a Week Online Film Festival. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-08-04.