Jonah Markowitz is an openly gay Hollywood art director, production designer and recent filmmaker.
After studying film at Boston’s Emerson College, Markowitz worked his way into the film industry through the art department on films such as Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Welcome to Collinwood (2002) and Blue Crush (2002).
He has been assistant art director on the films Catch That Kid (2004), Meet the Fockers (2004), A Lot Like Love (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Accepted (2006) and Rocky Balboa (2006). Markowitz also worked as art director on A Lot Like Love (2005) and We Are Marshall (2006), as a graphic designer on Mystery Woman (2003), House of Sand and Fog (2003) and Saw (2004). On the films Fluffer (2001), Quinceañera (2006) and Forecast (2007), he was a production designer.
Markowitz got his start in directing on the comedy short Hung Up (2003), about a boy who desperately tries to intercept a humiliating message he left on his ex-boyfriends cell phone. In 2004 he directed the sci-fi short I Left Me, about a future where narcissists can date their own clones.
In 2007 Markowitz wrote and directed Shelter, his first full length feature independent film. Set in the Southern California surfing world, the film was a coming out story following the friendship and eventual romance between an art student and his friend’s openly gay older brother. Shelter won two awards in 2007 from the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.