Jon Jost Biography

Jon Jost was born May 16th, 1943 in Chicago, but he would spend little time there as he was born into a military family. He was raised in numerous places as his family relocated often, as many military families do. Such destinations included: Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany and Virginia. After high school he attended college but was expelled in 1962 (unknown reasons) which set him on a new path, the one of film. In January of 1963 he began making 16mm films, which he taught himself. In 1965, Jon Jost was sent to prison for refusing to cooperate with the Selective Service system, and he spent 2 years and 3 months in jail. Upon his release, he very quickly took an interest in political activities. He helped start up what would become Newsreel, the New Left film production and distribution group. His first full length film was made in 1974 and since 1996 he changed over to digital video as technology has gotten better. Most of his films have focused on a wide array of American issues, two of his most successful films are All the Vermeers in New York (1990) and The Bed you Sleep In (1993).
--Robert McKnight, 2006.

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