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Jonathan A. Dorn

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Jon Dorn is a filmmaker and educator whose work focuses on conventional storytelling forms like narrative fiction film, documentary, music video, animation, and comics. His work explores the inner lives of characters through compelling narrative, visual craft, allegory, and depiction of imagination.

He is Assistant Professor of Communication and Film/Media at Community College of Rhode Island, and has also taught media production at Emerson College, Bridgewater State University, and Cambridge Community Television. Jon is a freelance cinematographer and editor; he produces/directs commercial and independent film work with his production company Four String Films and holds an MFA in media art from Emerson College.

His work can be viewed at

Office Hours

Spring 2024:

  • Mondays 12-2pm via Zoom (drop-in or appointment via link on Blackboard)

  • Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm on campus (rm 3210) or via Zoom

  • By appointment Wednesday mornings, Thursday evenings, or other times during the week


MFA Media Art, Emerson College
BA, Psychology, minor Studio Art, Skidmore College


  • COMM-1005 Careers in Comm & Film*
  • FILM-1020 Film & Media Production
    • (formerly titled COMM-1000 Foundations of Video and Audio Production)
  • COMM-2310 Sound Design & Production
  • COMM-2350 Motion Graphics for Communication*
  • COMM-2300 Video & Media Editing*
  • FILM-2100 Studio Production*
    • (formerly COMM-2100)
  • FILM-2210 Film Theory
  • FILM-2204 History of Film I**
  • FILM-2205 History of Film II
  • COMM-2490 Field Experience*
  • COMM-2500 Capstone Portfolio
  • COMM-1050 Mass Media Foundations
  • ENGL-2310 Intro to Screenwriting

*Teaching Spring 2024
**also teaching Winter Session '23-'24

Areas of Expertise

Film and media production, cinematography, directing, editing, screenwriting, animation, motion graphics; visual art; mass media history and theory.

Additional Information (Links)

Manager: Comm/Film Equipment Center & Edit Lab

Faculty advisor/coordinator/manager: