Jon Bryant Crawford is a Guyanese American who grew up in the American South. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Hendrix College and finishing his first feature documentary, Pink Houses, he became an NBC affiliate news cameraperson. He moved to San Francisco in his mid-twenties to attend SFAI where he promptly dropped out and concentrated on being a full-time homosexual. After a brief career with the circus and some additional time working in advertising and branding, he moved to Los Angeles to earn his MFA from UCLA, TFT.
While in California he directed several notable short films which have played at large film festivals, are curated on sites like Short of the Week, and have screened at the Directors Guild of America. He has studied under artists like George Kuchar, Ernie Gehr, Doug Hall, as well as with Hollywood producers such as Bobby Moresco and Beau Marks. He has also made content for clients like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. After a few years paying the bills as a freelance writer, an assist to notable producers, and the occasional directing job, Jon became the show-runner for Mineral Explorers – an international travel show for National Public Television.
Recently, he has served as a producer on site with Google, where he worked with the Global Learning and Design team. Currently, he is launching his personal project, TELL ME A MEMORY, where he interviews and shares the stories of the Queer community.
He has received a Stonewall Society Pride in the Arts Award and has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Film Independent, Crosstown Arts, Kopkind Colony, and the Smithsonian. He has also received the Four Sisters Scholarship, Edie and Lew Wasserman Grant, and Carl David Memorial Fellowship.