Jonah Bleicher grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. After his mandatory military service in the Israeli Army he departed to the US to pursue a career in the arts and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. His thesis mixed media animation film Homing, about the last minutes in the life of a suicide bomber, went on to play in many festivals internationally. He got his BFA from RISD in 2004 where he also minored in creative writing. For years he worked as a freelance graphic artist and video editor in Northern California and then in New York. Finally, nearing the age of 30, he decided to pursue his real passion, live action film. He enrolled in Columbia University for his MFA in film. From the start his films were characterized by a bold and distinct visual style, a heritage of his fine arts background. Amongst other honors, Jonah was selected to conceive and direct the 2010 Columbia Film Festival trailer that debuted on the Times Square jumbo-trons. He is the founder of ZeneyRjoneS films and has directed many short films, music videos and commercials.
Jonah Bleicher was awarded a Production grant at Columbia in 2012 for The King’s Pawn.