New Jersey Institute of Technology & County College of Morris

I have always dreamed about “graduating” in my education career and moving from the high school level to the college level.  After 15 years, and in the midst of the politically induced turmoil in public education, it seemed like the time to go for it.  I dusted off the CV and portfolio and submitted to local institutions.   I was both elated, and surprised, to not just get an offer; but two.

I am thrilled to work as Multimedia Producer/Editor for Web and Instructional Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  After three months, I finally feel comfortable saying that it is a great work environment and there are so many amazing things happening here to document with my camera.  I am truly proud to work for this institution that recently was ranked #1 by Buzzfeed on their list of “Cheapest Best Colleges”.

I am also very excited that I will be teaching an “Introduction to Multimedia” course at The County College of Morris.  I was pretty blown away by the textbook they sent me and am already writing curriculum for this Spring semester course.  It is proving to be a delightful challenge.  If you, or anyone you know, are interested in an introductory overview to Multimedia production enroll in my MED 110 course

Here are a few of the recent videos that I produced for NJIT:


About New Jersey Pictures

Jonathan Kalafer is an award-winning director/producer of documentaries and an innovative educator serving at New Jersey Institute of Technology and The County College of Morris. His teaching has been acknowledged by the George Lucas Educational Foundation and he procured a “VH1 Save the Music” grant for Jersey City Public Schools. His students serve as both inspiration and collaborators for his professional documentary filmmaking, and he often includes them in the decision making process. Most recently he began working with The TriBeCa Institute to bring their unique programming and opportunities to his students. His most recent documentary "Once in a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Story" (2012 director/producer) premiered at TriBeCa to a sold out audience and critical acclaim. Most recently it was selected by Toronto International Film Festival Tiff.Kids program and selected by the US State Department and USC for their Documentary Diplomacy program American Film Showcase. It earned the "Audience Award" at Woodstock Film Fest and "Best Documentary" at the New Jersey Film Festival. It was also nominated for a Gotham Award and was an official selection at numerous high profile film fests. Past films include We Love You (director/producer 2009) which premiered at the L.A. International Short Film Festival, where it won the “Best Documentary” award. It also won “Best Short Documentary” at the New Jersey Film Festival and was a finalist in the U.S.A. Film Festival. "Diary of Immaculee" (producer 2006) made the official shortlist for an Academy Award nomination and was part of the One X One program at The Toronto International Film Festival. It was also selected as a part of the DocuWeeks program and nominated for a "Best Short Documentary" by the I.D.A. Jonathan produced a segment for Universal's "Katy Perry: The 3D Experience" documentary and his video work has appeared on taste-making websites such as Brooklyn Vegan and Pitchfork. He has written pieces that have appeared on the Wall Street Journal's website and in print in Chilltown Magazine. He authored an innovative Media Arts and Sciences curriculum for JCPS that empowers students to be more informed consumers of media as well as producers of media themselves. Jonathan resides in Mendham with his wife Kori and his two sons Zachary 7 and Broden 5.This page contains my professional work, personal clips and is the archive of my students' work.
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