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About Channel B4 and Jonathon Stearns


Jonathon Stearns is a Los Angeles-based film maker, multimedia artist, animator, writer, and musician-composer. Channel B4 and Channel B4 Media are the production entities supporting his work, in addition to work-for-hire and collaborations.

Stearns Bio
A Purchase College graduate (BFA Film '89), Stearns lived in NYC and worked in night clubs creating scenic/projection installations, and later worked as the house lighting designer for the Bottom Line Theater. He was also a founding member of the original Shooting Gallery.

In the early '90s Stearns moved to Los Angeles, and Art Directed over 50 music videos through Propaganda Films(and others) including Beck, The Cure, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey. He was also represented by Original Film as a director, and directed music videos for Rickie Lee Jones, The Geraldine Fibbers, Velocity Girl Luefisk, Throneberry and others.

He took a staff director-editor job at a dot-com start-up Quickbnand Networks in the late 90s and created a body of short-form documentary content (pre-social media) for DVD titles Circuit and Short, working with music artists Moby, Cracker, BT, Cake, Titan, Mercury Rev, and many others.

When Quickband was folded, he formed Channel B4 (formerly called Return to Whatever) and produced several DVD titles, original content, documentaries, promos, music videos and corporate communications with clients including Harley-Davidson, Deloitte, HeathNet, and CalArts. Channel B4 was also created to support his own original work, and has consistently generated original content, with work featured in international festivals including Telluride Indie Fest, NWNW, the LA Independent Film Festival (LAIFF), the REDCAT NOW festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe.

As a musician, Stearns performed and recorded with many bands(trumpet-keyboards), including The Geraldine Fibbbers, Possum Dixon, Ann Magnuson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sexy Death Soda, and others. He also co-wrote, performed, and recorded music with his own band Tesch, and released a full length CD and an EP. Tesch perfomed at SXSW and NXNW. Stearns' later co-formed The Silver Palm Trio, an ensemble dedicated to early jazz heard through a psychedelic lens.

In 2016, Stearns took on the task of building a video department and video strategy for long-time freelance client California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where his wife Stacy Dawson Stearns taught in the School of Theater. In the Summer of 2017 he created the video design for a dance theater-piece created by Stacy, which premiered at the NOW Festival at the REDCAT, and went on to a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe fest, where it recieved a 4 Star review.

In 2017-2018 Stearns served as the Director of AV at animal rights organization PETA.

He is the creator of As a writer, Stearns has developed many commercical and creative projects, written several screenplays, and a radio play that was performed live by the Have Nots Theater.

Currently he developing or ion post production on several projects