Jon Fine is a filmmaker and musician. He was born in New York in 1974, the son of a stone carver and a microbiologist. Over the years he’s worked as a producer, DP, director and editor. His films have taken him around the world, shooting across the US, Brazil, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, India, South East Asia and Africa.
Projects as a producer include “Still Bill” about Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and songwriter Bill Withers, “The After Party” featuring Andre 3000 and a young senator Barack Obama, and “International Jazz Day” a series of annual concerts sponsored by UNESCO and The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz featuring Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan, Will Smith and Quincy Jones. Jon’s produced live televised shows in Cuba, Russia, Japan, France, Turkey, England and across the states.
Jon’s work as documentary film director includes: “Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities”, produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney with performances by Sting, Santana, Annie Lennox, Paul Simon and John Mayer, “The Imagine Project” a 10 part series chronicling Herbie Hancock’s globe trotting musical journey featuring John Legend, Pink and Ravi Shankar, the award winning short film “Flavio” and music videos for artists including Antibalas, Kaki King, Lionel Loueke, Lizz Wright, Soulive, Herbie Hancock and Derek Trucks.
As a commercial editor he’s cut campaigns for Apple, GAP, Puma, installations for Barney’s, Ralph Applebaum Associates and the 2015 Milan World’s Fair, and he’s made films with organizations including UNESCO, Unicef, NYU, The Rainforest Alliance, Goods for Good, Amazon Aid and (RED). His films have screened at festivals worldwide and on HDNet, Netflix, Showtime, BBC, BET, MTV, ARTE and PBS.
In 2015, Jon produced “Holy Forest” an album of songs recorded in The Gambia and US featuring singers Morley, Ed Holley and Sparlha Swa alongside Kora masters Youssoupha Sidibe, Tata Din Din Jobarteh and the Antibalas horns. The independently released album landed on Public Radio International’s (PRI) “Best of 2015”, Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6 “Worldwide Winners” and was featured on British Airways. In 2017, working with collaborators Sarah DuPont and Angelique Kidjo he produced “Kids Against Malaria”, a multi-media campaign for UNICEF and USAID to raise awareness around malaria treatment and prevention in West Africa.