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Jonathan Wacks

Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema


Jonathan Wacks is the founding director of the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and professor of film. He directed Powwow Highway, produced by George Harrison, winner of the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy and nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Wacks' first film, Crossroads/South Africa, won a Student Academy Award. He produced the acclaimed cult-hit Repo Man, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, and directed Mystery Date, starring Ethan Hawke and Teri Polo, and Ed and His Dead Mother, starring Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty. He also directed 21 Jump Street with Johnny Depp, Sirens and Going to Extremes.

Wacks was chair of the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, head of the Film Department at the VFS in Canada and chair of the Film School at the College of Santa Fe. He has a B.A. from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) and an M.F.A. from UCLA School Film School. He is a member of the DGA.

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