Screenplays

Jonas's first produced screenplay, Lucid, made its world premiere at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, won the award for Best Canadian Film at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival, and went on to play at a variety of festivals worldwide. The film had a theatrical release across Canada in the spring of 2006, courtesy of distributor Mongrel Media, and is now available on Netflix Canada. Jonas co-wrote the screenplay with director Sean Garrity, and played the lead role.

His second produced screenplay, My Awkward Sexual Adventure had its world premiere in September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named one of TIFF's Top Ten movies of the year. Produced by Chernick's Banana-Moon Sky Films and julijette inc., it also won the People's Choice Award at the Calgary International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival. It was released in April 2013 in Canada by Phase 4 Films, and in the US by Tribeca Film. It won two Canadian Comedy Awards (nominated for a total of six), was nominated for a DGC Award for Best Feature Film, was nominated for two ACTRA Awards (for Jonas's lead performance, and for Marina Stephenson Kerr's supporting performance), sold to over 35 territories worldwide and was optioned for remakes in France, South Korea and Lithuania. The sex comedy stars Chernick as Jordan Abrams, an uptight accountant who falls for a free-spririted stripper and co-stars Emily Hampshire (Good Neighbors, Cosmopolis), Sarah Manninen (The Line), and Vik Sahay (NBC's hit series Chuck, American Pie Reuinion). It can currently be found on iTunes, Netflix (USA) and multiple VOD platforms.

His most recent produced feature is Borealis, a comedic drama road-trip movie about a father determined to take his visually impaired teenaged daughter to Churchill, Manitoba to see the magnificent Northern Lights before she loses her sight completely. Borealis was released in theatres across Canada in April 2016, after screening to rave reviews and sold out houses at the Montreal World Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, the Edmonton International Film Festival, the Calgary International Film Festival, the Kinsgton Canadian Film Festival, Toronto's Canadian Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, where it was awarded a Special Jury Mention for Best Performance by star Joey King (White House Down, The Conjuring). Directed by regular Chernick collaborator Sean Garrity, Borealis was also nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award.

Jonas has several feature scripts in development, including the sexy comedy The Spark, which tells the story of a young couple who give themselves a one-week deadline to either reignite their sexual spark, or dissolve the relationship once and for all. The Spark is being developed with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Super Channel, produced by Chernick's Banana-Moon Sky Films and Buffalo Gal Pictures, and is slated for a 2016 shoot, with Garrity directing. Jonas is also co-writing the comedy feature James The Time Travel Bitch, with Jeremy Lalonde (who also will direct), which is set for a summer 2016 shoot, developing Terry Fallis's best-selling novel No Relation into a feature film, and working with producer Tyler Levine to develop a feature film based on the life of comedian Phil Hartman, called Starring Phil Hartman.

Jonas has taught screenwriting at the Toronto Film School, and also works as a professional story editor, assisting on screenplays by some of Canada's top writers and directors. He's also a published essayist - his Sean Garrity , The Unwitting Patriarch: Musings from the Middle was included in the Winnipeg Film Group's 2009 collection entitled Place - 13 Essays, 13 Filmmakers, 1 City.

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