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Jonathan Waters

Jonathan Waters standing at a podium

Associate Chair, Cinema & Media Arts
Principle Senior Lecturer, Cinema & Media Arts
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, College of Arts & Science
Curator, iLens
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MFA – Filmmaking, Syracuse University


  • Production
  • Film
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting


Jonathan Waters is a multifaceted filmmaker/artist who has created work in a variety of different filmmaking modes, including fiction, non-fiction, and other hybrid forms, as well as using film, video, and still photography as his creative media. He has experience in the technical fields of cinematography, editing, writing, directing, and many more, with much of his personal work exploring questions of identity construction, social awareness, and issues of race, class, and ethnicity.

His principal cinematic interests lie in films that challenge and force viewers to fully engage and to become active participants compelled to ponder and reflect upon the work long after it leaves the screen. As such, Jonathan is dedicated to promoting film as a distinctive art form, and not solely as an entertainment medium, and he is committed to stimulating interest in uniquely innovative filmmaking from around the world.


  • FILM 176- Intermediate Filmmaking: The Fiction Film – Short-Form Narrative
  • FILM 227W- Screenwriting
  • FILM 288A- Short-form Screenwriting