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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. 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.

April 29th 3PM I SVA Theatre Silas I 333 W 23rd Street

We are thrilled to announce that “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” will have its World Premiere as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival.  All the details can be found on the Tribeca Film Festival website.

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Poster Design

Check out our poster art from the Heads of State design studio. Their designs have been requisitioned by The New York Times, R.E.M., Wired, Wilco, The New Yorker, The School of Visual Arts (though neither Jason nor Dustin are graduates), … Continue reading

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Synopsis – Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story

Public School 22 in NYC has more than just an amazing chorus, they have an amazing story. These 5th graders went from performing in their school auditorium on Staten Island to closing the show at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! … Continue reading

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PS22 Chorus Documentary

We are putting the finishing touches on our upcoming documentary about the PS 22 Chorus. More information coming soon. In the mean time you can follow us on twitter for the latest, like us on facebook for bonus content, Once … Continue reading

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Watch We Love You

In the Rainbow spirit of free sharing we have made We Love You available under a creative commons license. Burning Man is now a household name but the older, more fascinating, Rainbow Gatherings are still obscure. Every summer since 1972 … Continue reading

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NY/NJ Press for We Love You

We received wide coverage in a variety of media outlets in connection with our screening at the New Jersey Film Festival. The Star Ledger New Jersey’s Newspaper ran a an excellently writen feature by reporter Jennifer Weiss. The New York … Continue reading

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We Love You Trailer

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Soprano State

Envelopes of money exchanged for political favors. Cash paid for back-door deals. Construction contracts handed out for those who bribed elected officials. Sound like an episode of “The Sopranos”? Worse. Welcome to New Jersey, where politics and corruption go hand-in-hand. … Continue reading

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About New Jersey Pictures L.L.C.

New Jersey Pictures is an award-winning independent documentary production company in New Jersey.  Our last documentary “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story” premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival where it was counted as one of  Indiwire’s “most … Continue reading

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