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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. vimeo.com/5562245 "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.

“Once in a Lullaby” now available on YouTube

After an exciting run on the film festival circuit, including a hometown Tribeca premiere and numerous awards and accolades, the feature length documentary about the PS22 Chorus is available on YouTube . . . the place where it all began.

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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 … Continue reading

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SXSWedu, AFS China, Broadcast Premier

This Spring brought a triple-treat almost simultaneously.  “Once in a Lullaby”  was selected by American Film Showcase for some documentary diplomacy in China.  American Film Showcase is an initiative by the United States Department of State in partnership with The … Continue reading

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T.I.F.F. Kids and American Film Showcase

It has been a little more than a year since our premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and it is amazing to think of all the amazing experiences the past 12 months have brought.  Bonding with and amongst audiences around the … Continue reading

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Audience Award (and awesome time) at Woodstock Film Festival, I.F.P. Gotham Audience Awards

As you may have seen on Indiewire “Once in a Lullaby” received the Audience Award for “Best Documentary” at the 13th Annual Woodstock Film Festival!  It was a wonderful festival all around (the Colony Cafe must be the coolest Filmmakers’ lounge … Continue reading

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Glowing LA Times Review, Lost TV Segment, New Screenings

LA Times film critic Gary Goldstein had wonderful things to say for our screening at DocuWeeks such as;  “Talk about inspiring” . . . “memorable, well-observed”. . . “joyous documentary” . . . “be prepared to be enormously moved” . . … Continue reading

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“Best Doc” Award! New reviews, press, & screenings

Lots of exciting things have been happening for “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story”! We are honored to announce that we won “Best Documentary” at the 30th Annual New Jersey International Film Festival.  It was a great screening … Continue reading

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