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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 is production entity supporting his work, in addition to work-for-hire gigs 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, DNA, Satellite, HSA, and others. Projects included Beck ("Where It's At" and "Jackass"), The Cure, Snoop Dog, 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, and recently created an animated video for the band Like Machines.

In the late 90s he took a staff director-editor job at dot-com start-up Quickband Networks 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, in 2001 he formed Channel B4 (formerly called Return to Whatever), with a studio in what is now the Mack Sennett Stage. CB4 began producing 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-composer, he co-wrote, performed, and recorded music with his own band Tesch, and released a full length CD and an EP. Tesch performed at SXSW and NXNW. Stearns' later co-formed The Silver Palm Trio, an ensemble dedicated to early jazz heard through a psychedelic lens. He has also composed music for numerous theater and film projects. Stearns has also guest-performed and recorded with many artists(trumpet-keyboards), including The Geraldine Fibbers, Possum Dixon, Ann Magnuson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sexy Death Soda, and others.

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 received a 4 Star review.

In 2017-2018 Stearns served as the Director of AV at animal rights organization PETA, where he oversaw a team of videographers, editors, producers, and the archives department. He developed concepts and approved all video content, and implemented a DAM (Digital Asset Management) platform for the organization that is in use today.

Currently Stearns is on a long-term contract with Applied Learning Science, developing multimedia content for Instructional design clients, and is involved in the creation of an XR Lab at the Van De Kamp campus of the LACCD, developing Immersive Content in 360, AR, and VR platforms. He continues to work on independent projects and collaborations. He is also finishing the first segment on an animated feature film based on an HG Wells short story and launching an immersive video project.