Jonathan Bensimon began directing through his growth and experience as a cinematographer. He studied film and photography at Ryerson University in Toronto, and in 2003 was accepted for the Budapest Cinematography Master Class. He studied directly with legends Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces) and Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of a Third Kind, The Deer Hunter), subsequently shadowing Zsigmond on a Woody Allen film.
As a Commercial Director/DOP his clients have ranged from Hitachi, Bud Light, and Honda, to name a few. His short film titled “Time to Deliver” opened the Worlds Aids Conference and was screened before an audience of 25,000 delegates and world leaders including Bill Gates and Bill Clinton. The film received numerous honors including a Best in Show Mobius Award.
His branded content piece Tokyo/Glow exploded online, the film spread through the blogsphere as it was featured on Vogue’s website and Justin Timberlake’s site. Consequently, the film was showcased on various advertising sites throughout the world (Creativity, Communication Arts). Recently his short film County Time was premiered at the world-renowned Palm Spring International Film Festival.