“Story ideas can strike like lightning,” says Jonathan Strong. “I never know where or when they will hit. When they do, I allow the images to run their course, watching them like a motion picture in my mind.” He is the inaugural recipient of an award given in memory of Elliott Bowles.
“These narrative incarnations are mysterious and often come in small puzzle-like pieces, usually out of order,” Strong continues. “But I've always loved mysteries, so this incites me to ‘investigate’ where these paths may take me, until the story eventually fleshes itself out.”
His current project is a ghost story that ties history to contemporary racial anxieties. “I especially love stories where characters from different backgrounds and perspectives are thrown together in unusual circumstances and become transformed and enlightened in the process,” he said. “I believe in the inherent worth of all people and that we need each other to not only survive the treacherous aspects of life but to have more vibrant and fulfilling lives.”
Strong is the owner and executive producer of Biographe, a Charlotte production company specializing in video biographies that capture one’s life story and legacy. He directed and edited Messiah, an eight-part documentary series for Amazon Video in 2019, as well as Inspections, a short that was a finalist at the Charlotte’s 48 Hour Film Festival in 2017. He received his M.A. in Communications from Regent University.