Jon Else, a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, is best known for his documentary, The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb, as well Yosemite: The Fate of Heaven (produced for the Sundance Institute), and A Job At Ford's, part of the PBS series The Great Depression. He produced and directed Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation Of Nature, Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle and most recently, Open Outcry. He was series producer and cinematographer for Henry Hampton's Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, and has shot hundreds of documentaries for PBS, the BBC, ABC and HBO, including the BBC/PBS History Of Rock And Roll, Who Are The DeBolts (Academy Award 1976), and the new Paramount/MTV feature documentary, Tupac Resurrection. Else was a MacArthur Fellow from 1988 to 1993, and has won four National Emmys (for writing, producing, directing, and cinematography), several Columbia-DuPont and Peabody Awards as well as several Academy Award nominations, the Prix Italia, the Sundance Special Jury Prize and Sundance Filmmaker's Trophy. He graduated from the University of California in 1968, and earned a Master's in Communication from Stanford in 1974. He has just returned from doing camera work on a documentary about Afghanistan's constitutional Loya Jirga, and is beginning a new film about nuclear weapons.
Research Expertise and Interest
directing, history, film, journalism, writing, documentary, producing, cinematography, nuclear weapons