Chris Jonas


Chris is co-founder, Executive Director, and team member at Littleglobe.  He is a composer, filmmaker, intermedia/video artist, and creative facilitator working on the intersection of the visual and acoustic, creating pieces that engage and challenge context. He has long been a media mentor, facilitator, and educator collaboratively producing many projects. He was director of the Littleglobe’s Center for Creative Community Engagement 2012-15 and director of the Stories of Learning and Turn the Lens programs, training students and community members in rural, urban, and native communities across New Mexico.  He has produced two PBS documentaries including Mark Chino (2015) and the 2012 documentary feature, Our Time is Now, made in collaboration with teens across New Mexico about their experiences in public high schools and carried to 300 million US homes via the CPB/American Graduate Program.  He was co-composer/associate producer for the documentary feature Sembene! which premiered at Sundance 2015 and was featured at Cannes, Telluride Film Festival, and other venues around the world.  In 2016, he produced Littleglobe’s “City of Dreamers,” a live performance transmedia piece, combining live radio, short participant authored videos, audience engagement, and music to challenge Santa Fe’s negative misconceptions of its “Southside” and immigrant residents.

Chris received his BA (1988) from Oberlin College in Art History/Art Studio, an MA (1999) from Wesleyan University in World Music / Composition (specializing in intermedia performance), and a Certificate (2001) in Multimedia Digital Design from New York University. He has taught media arts and storytelling at the Institute of American Indian Arts.  He is a Rockwood Arts and Social Engagement fellow.  Along with Littleglobe co-founder Molly Sturges, Chris received the 2008 United States Artists Award.