Jonathan Joffe began his career as a volunteer in a community television station in 1994. His first major film project, entitled Young Rocket Samurai, was released in 2002, and earned a national broadcast license on Canada’s Space Channel. Since then he has gone on to writer and direct a slate of short films which have won over 20 awards on the independent festival circuit, including the international sensation Cost Of Living, (Starring William B. Davis of The X-Files) which screened at over 45 festivals worldwide, and the award winning thriller The Boiler Room, which was released in 2008.
He has directed over a dozen short films, the 3 part travel documentary Have Guide Will Travel for Canada’s Access Television, and the award winning sitcom pilot Desiciti, filmed on location in Manhattan. Joffe is also a prolific screenwriter, having penned 12 feature length screenplays, and having won multiple screenwriting awards. He currently has 2 screenplays under option with major Canadian distributors. An ardent supporter of the Canadian film industry, Jonathan Joffe also co-founded an ongoing workshop for actors and directors known as Upstart, in conjunction with Actra and AMPIA(the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association). The workshop has been running since 2002 and has involved hundreds of participants throughout the province.
The Burlesque Assassins (produced in association with Telefilm Canada and Supperchannel) is Joffe’s first feature, which he spent 2 years developing in conjunction with the international burlesque community.