Jonah Zeiger

Producer, Director, Professor, and Programmer for Film, Media, and the Creative Industries


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I am a producer, director, professor, and programmer who has worked in various capacities in film, television, theatre, higher education, and with arts organizations producing public programming. My programming focus is to highlight iconoclasts and seminal innovators and to foster entrepreneurial empowerment for entertainment industry professionals at all levels. As a filmmaker, I have produced award-winning short films and pilots as well as live content with A-list industry figures (Werner Herzog, Tim Robbins, Paula Wagner). Together with my producing partner, I have feature film projects in development through our production company, Good Twin Pictures. I taught filmmaking at The School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University where I specialized in graduate directing and production classes for MFA Cinema students and Acting for the Camera classes for MFA Acting students from DePaul's Theatre School. Currently, I oversee the Professional Development curriculum for the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program at Northwestern University. Through my work with IFP Chicago and various partner organizations I aim to play a key role in building a new infrastructure for development, mentorship, investment, and distribution opportunities for commercially viable independent media that challenges audiences and advances contemporary culture.

work Experience

Associate Director of EPICS - External Programs, Internships, and Career Services

Northwestern University School of Communication

November 1999 - Present

Lead liaison to the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises graduate program. Lead liaison to the film and television industries in New York and Los Angeles. Teach Professional Development course for the MSLCE program. Oversee MSLCE Speaker Series and Site Visits to arts, media, and entertainment companies. Provide career coaching to graduate students seeking to launch leadership careers in the creative industries. Led industry immersion Trek to LA featuring visits to Disney, Universal/Secret Hideout, Fox Searchlight, HBO, ICM, Scott Free, Macro, and Film Independent. Programmed film guests including director Sam Raimi, Jeff Jacobs of CAA, Glendon Palmer of IM Global, and Andy Bohn of Film Arcade.

Vice President and Chair of Programming, Board of Directors

IFP Chicago

January 2015 - Present

Oversee all programming initiatives for IFP Chicago, the primary organization that represents and serves the independent film community in Greater Chicago and the surrounding Midwest Region. Spearheaded a new initiative, the IFP Chicago MASTER SERIES, which presents the most sought after "gurus" of the business aspects of filmmaking from development to financing to distribution. September 2015 kick-off event featured Adam Leipzig, former Disney executive, National Geographic Films president, and author of the The Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers: Get Your Movie Made; Get Your Movie Seen. Co-Produced "The Pitch" at INDUSTRY DAYS with Chicago International Film Festival for independent features in development to pitch to industry judges. As Vice President and member of Executive Committee, I also participate in all decisions regarding branding, identity, mission, budget, staff, sponsorship, and organizational matters.

Producer / Director / Partner

Good Twin Pictures // Showtime, Canal +, Cisneros, etc.

January 1999 - Present

Good Twin Pictures is the film production company of Jonah Zeiger and Kimberly Harwood. Good Twin Pictures has produced short films, pilots, and promos and has features, documentaries, web content in development. Recent productions included the award-winning short film, "The ART POLICE," and co-producing the award-winning pilot "The KING of URLs," both currently on the festival circuit. Past projects included the broadcast promo for Laurie Anderson's End of the Moon world tour and the Student Academy Award-winning short, "True Confessions of a Sushi Addict" which won multiple jury and audience awards and was distributed worldwide by Atom Films/Shockwave including broadcasts on Showtime, Canal + Europe, and ABC Australia.

Awards and Festivals:

Good Twin Pictures have won the following awards: Best of the Fest Jury Prize and Audience Awards, Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival; Platinum REMI for Dramatic Original Short, Houston WorldFest; Audience Award, Newport International Film Festival; Best Short Film, Lower East Side Film Festival; and International Critics Week Short List, Cannes Film Festival; Finalist, Global Short Film Awards, New York. Official Selections include: New York Television Festival, Taos Shortz, ITVFest, Rochester International, Washington DC Independent Film Festival, Indiana Short Film Festival, BBC Shorts (UK); Clermont-Ferrand (France) ; Montecatini (Italy); Drama Short Film Festival (Greece); Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada); and FlickerFest (Australia).

Actor - Stage + Screen

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club & Various Venues, NYC

June 1988 - Present

New York stage credits include works by Samuel Beckett and Peter Handke directed by Joseph Chaikin and original works by Stuart Sherman both performed at LaMaMa ETC; Mercy by Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival; new plays at Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Players Club, and BRIC Studio; and sketch comedy and improv at the New York Comedy Club. Additional performances of new plays and original works in Amherst, MA, Seattle, WA, and Santa Fe, NM. Screen credits include numerous short films, pilots, and TV movies that have won film festival awards and been broadcast on ABC, PBS, SyFy, and Showtime. Notable screen credits include the award-winning short noir, "Dead Battery" directed by Joe Leih, which won the Ralph Lauren Polo Audience Award and aired on the SyFy Channel, Canal + Europe, and on TV Tokyo.

Domains of experience:

Final Cut Pro
Film Production
Creative Writing
Performing Arts
Short Films
Video Production
Post Production
Public Speaking
Strategic Planning
Video Editing
Feature Films
Panel Moderator
Branding & Identity
Pitching Ideas
Strategic Partnerships
Digital Media
Empowerment for Creatives
Independent Film
New Media
Film Programming
Executive Production
Stage Management
Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Post-Production
stars Convetit Experience

Recent Open Board Activity:


Asked a question on the "Technologies and Trends in Education Industry" Open Board

Lifelong Learning
Future of Education & Competence Development
Higher Education
Interaction Design