Born and raised in Fountain, Colorado, Jon Watts intended to study chemical engineering in college, however, his plans changed when he won a coveted scholarship to NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. While attending film school, Watts made two highly praised short films, Clay Pride and The Invisible Dog, which were both applauded by The New York Times and awarded NYU’s highest honor. He also made a pair of spec commercials for Frosted Flakes and Levis, which were honored in the AICP Student category and launched his commercial career.
Watts has directed numerous videos that display his diverse and stylistic approach to filmmaking for artists such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Thrills, The Spinto Band, The Rapture and TV On The Radio, as well as commercial campaigns for ESPN, NY Lottery, and Sprite. His interactive "Sublymonal" short film for Sprite was nominated for a Cannes Lion in 2008. In 2011 his commercial ‘Alien Field Trip’ for Kraft Lunchables which captured the priceless reactions of fifth-graders whom were told they were meeting a real alien and was again shortlisted for a Cannes Lion.Watts followed with the ‘Save the World’ music video for Swedish House Mafia which has received 80 million hits on Youtube since its release.
Watts is also one of the founders of Waverly Films, a Brooklyn based group of directors that develops various projects including feature films, television shows and viral shorts. He most recently directed his second feature film, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and produced by Park Pictures, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Watts recently wrapped directing Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming. Its slated for a July 7, 2017 release.
- 12/02/2015 Cop Car made the National Board of Reviews top 10 list for Independent Films
- 08/18/2015 'Cop Car' Review: Kevin Bacon At His Best In Jon Watts’ Brilliant Crime Drama: Deadline Hollywood Cop Car Review
- 08/07/2015 The New York Times review of 'Cop Car'
- 08/03/2015 How indie director Jon Watts landed 'Spider-Man' gig with 'Cop Car'
- 07/07/2015 Jon Watts to direct Spiderman