Jonah Zeiger is a filmmaker, director, and actor who has worked in narrative and documentary film and video as well as in the theatre. Credits include producing the Student Academy Awarding winning short, 'True Confessions of a Sushi Addict,' written & directed by Kimberly Harwood. This deadpan comedy has been broadcast on 5 continents (Showtime in the US) and is distributed worldwide by Atom Films. He appeared as an actor in 'Dead Battery' which aired internationally as well as on the SciFi Channel. Zeiger has written, directed, produced, and edited numerous shorts and promos, including the promo for performance artist Laurie Anderson's 2005 world tour. Zeiger directed Sam Shepard's play Action at HERE Arts Center in association with Lincoln Center Theater. He was assistant director to Joseph Chaikin for the New York premiere of Shepard's 'The Late Henry Moss,' which starred Ethan Hawke at The Signature Theatre. Zeiger received his MFA in film production and directing from NYU Graduate Film School and his BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts where he received a Bowman Grant from the Council on International Educational Exchange to study philosophy in India. Most recently, Zeiger taught advanced cinema production and directing actors for the screen in Ithaca College's Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts. During 2005-07, he taught film, video, and documentary production at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico City. In 2004-05, he served as Project Manager of Performing Arts and Film at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Zeiger's current project is a feature-length documentary entitled 'Starring the Extras,' which delves into the hilarious and heartbreaking world of being a professional movie extra in New York City. The project, which was selected as a work-in-progress by the IFP Film Market in New York, fuses three of his longstanding obsessions: the phenomenon of acting, the artifice of cinema, and the power of documentary. He is producing the project with his frequent collaborator, Kimberly Harwood, under the auspice of their partnership, Good Twin Pictures. www.gtpix.com.
Directing, Cinema Production
Specific Research Areas
Acting and Directing Actors for the Screen, Documentary Filmmaking, Producing, Film Philosophy
IFP, IDA, UFVA