Jon works with his team and many collaborators to present unique, relevant, transformative, quality cinematic experiences in the form of film screenings, retrospectives, premieres, filmmaker visits, special events, and guest lectures. He is also involved in many of the film and media initiatives on the Bloomington campus and in the region through his participation in collaborative projects, on boards, and on festival juries. As founding director, he has been responsible for setting the vision and path for IU Cinema’s growing national reputation as an innovative, collaborative, ambitious, and sustainable film program.
He previously served as managing director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, home to Indiana’s first THX® Certified Cinema, as well as four live performance spaces. In the early 1990s, he also opened the Vickers Theatre with his wife, Jennifer; the venue is an independent, single-screen arthouse in Three Oaks, Michigan, that still thrives today.