Jonathan VanBallenberghe

Jonathan VanBallenberghe

Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Jonathan VanBallenberghe has lived in Tucson, Arizona, since 1999. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona in 2001, and for the next four years taught high school English at the original BASIS charter school. In 2005 he and his wife, Sharon Wahl, created Open Lens Productions, which has produced independent documentaries, wildlife films, commercials, website videos and fulldome planetarium shows. Jonathan’s passion for documentary filmmaking carries over into his commercial work.

Jonathan VanBallenberghe’s documentary films have screened at festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, the American Conservation Film Festival and the Arizona International Film Festival. The topics of these films range from ostrich farming to gambling addiction to the troubled private life of a self-help guru. Other honors include an Artists Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts (2004), an Artists New Work Grant from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council (2012), two Gold Addy Awards and the listing of two films in the book AZ100 Indie Film: A State of Arizona Centennial Celebration (2012).

In January 2015, VanBallenberghe was awarded an Artist Research and Development Grantfrom the Arizona Commission on the Arts in support of his ongoing research in the emerging field of fulldome video production and the creation of local content for the University of Arizona’s brand new fulldome system at their Flandrau Planetarium.

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