Jonathan Rattner is a lens-based artist who primarily produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. In his work, he employs a mixture of documentary (found footage, interviews, historical research) and lyrical (soft-focus imagery, collage, jump cuts, non-diagetic sound design, long-duration wide shots) filmic elements. By doing so, he strives to create a cinematic space in which viewers are invited to interact with what they see on the screen and create meaning by reflecting on their own experiences, ideas, and truths.
Rattner holds M.F.A’s in Film and Video Production and in Intermedia Art from the University of Iowa, and a B.F.A. in Film and Television from Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. From 2005 to 2009, he acted as the creative director of Iowa City Senior Center Television, a twenty-year-old station consisting of crewmembers ranging in age from 65 to 89.
He has screened work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The World Social Forum in Brazil, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and at galleries, festivals, and colleges in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Currently, Rattner is an active member of Wildland Urban Interface Artist Collective, and holds the position of Assistant Director/Assistant Professor in Film Studies and Assistant Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University.