Jonathan Hock is an eight-time Emmy Award winning producer, director, writer and editor. Over the course of his 25 years in television and film, Hock’s hundreds of credits have ranged from primetime network programming to independent fiction and nonfiction film. His recent film, "Unguarded," was named Best Documentary of 2011 by Sports Illustrated, and the LA Times film critic Patrick Goldstein wrote that the film has "as much scope and ambition as any of the great novels or stories."
In November 2010, Hock’s “The Best That Never Was” premiered to wide acclaim as one of ESPN’s Peabody Award winning "30 for 30" documentaries. Hock’s story helped to turn a largely forgotten football player named Marcus Dupree into the #2 Twitter trend on the planet, and the film was recently named "#1 Best Documentary" of ESPN's Peabody Award winning 30 For 30 film series.
Hock wrote and directed the feature-length documentary “The Lost Son of Havana,” filmed on location in Cuba. Executive produced by the Farrelly Brothers, “Lost Son” premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and later received an Emmy nomination for Best Sports Documentary. Among Hock’s other feature-length documentary films, “Through the Fire” earned multiple Best Documentary Awards at major film festivals during 2005 and was distributed nationally in theaters in 2006. “The Streak” was nominated for an Emmy as Best Sports Documentary in 2008. Other credits include “Michael Jordan To The Max,” an internationally distributed IMAX film that he wrote and edited.
For television, Hock created and directed ESPN’s award-winning “Streetball,” which was the longest running sports reality series.
In 2010, Hock directed "Umlando - Through My Father's Eyes," a series of short films depicting a journey through South Africa, featuring the activist and musician Hugh Masekela. Hock is currently at work on a series of shorts called "Hockumentaries" for the sports and literary website grantland.com The first installment, about an NBA basketball player named Royce White who suffers from general anxiety disorder, has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.
Hock founded The Reel People Film Project, a program of film workshops for at-risk youth in New York City. It was during one of these workshops, in 1995, that Hock met a 15-year-old student named Alastair Christopher from the Farragut housing projects in Brooklyn. Christopher, now 33 years old, was Hock’s award-winning DP on “Through the Fire,” “The Lost Son of Havana,” “Umlando,” “The Best That Never Was” and "Unguarded."
Hock lives outside New York City with his wife Lynn and sons Eddie (13) and Joseph (8).