Cinematographer

Selected Works:

 

THE LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE

A modern Miami adaptation of the 1962 French short film ‘La Jetee’, the film recounts Luke’s (Uncle Luke, legendary rapper from the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew) rise to fame as he changes the face of hip-hop and fights for first amendment rights- and later as he ushers Miami into a golden era of peace and prosperity as Mayor. Everything changes when the Turkey Point Nuclear Reactor has a meltdown and turns Miami into a post-apocayptic wasteland.

*10 Must-See Shorts at Sundance (Indiewire)

*5/5 Stars (Film Threat Review)

*Top 5 Music Films at Sundance (MTV)

*One of the most fun and fresh films at Sundance (Movieline)

*LA Times

*NY Times

*Rolling Stone

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AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

At the Edge of the World chronicles the controversial Sea Shepherd Antarctic Campaign against a Japanese whaling fleet. The international volunteer crew, under-trained and under-equipped, develop a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics with which to stop the whalers. But first they must find the Japanese ships, a far more difficult challenge than ever imagined – long-time activist Paul Watson and first-time captain Alex Cornelissen employ an array of strategies in the hopes of finding an elusive adversary in the vast expanse of the Ross Sea. With one ship (the Farley Mowat) too slow to chase down the whaling fleet, with their second ship (the Robert Hunter) unsuited for Antarctic ice conditions and with no country supporting their efforts to enforce international law, the situation becomes increasingly desperate. Against all odds, however, a real-life pirate tale unfolds.

 

*New York Times Critic’s Pick

“This strikingly humane film may function as a prequel to Animal Planet’s ‘Whale Wars’ but is light years ahead in visual clarity and narrative ambition.”

-Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Men go overboard, skiffs go missing, and the long arm of the law threatens in this lean, sharply directed film.”

 -Elena Oumano, Village Voice

“For anyone interested in real environmental activism, this passionate film is a must-see.”

-Michael Lee, Film Forward

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HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT

One girl’s journey to rescue a giant inspires a movement. Juliette is fourteen years old and she is on a mission to save elephants. After single-handedly raising funds Juliette embarks on a life-altering journey to South East Asia to work with her hero, Lek Chailert – The Elephant Lady.  This is the passionate story of two women, one from the East, one from the West, coming together on common ground, saving elephants.

In addition to much of HIBE’s cinematography, Jonathan  also worked as Undercover Unit Director, orchestrating much of the hidden camera and surveillance footage of the film.