Born in Cali, Colombia, Jonatán López dreamt of going to space and connected with film and photography as a way of taking him there.
He attended film school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he had the opportunity to work with filmmakers Terrence Malick and Richard Linklater. His narrative work premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. He began making music videos in New York City and has worked with Tei Shi, Caitlyn Smith, and White Demin. His video Get It for Tei Shi, a directorial collaboration among friends, used footage from NASA's 2004 Cassini mission and was featured on Nowness.
After moving to New York City, he was an editor and post-producer at Parkwood Entertainment. He worked on Beyoncé's self-titled visual album, The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the On The Run Tour, and the HBO miniseries Beyoncé X10.
He led the creative development for Send Me Home, a VR documentary chronicling life after exoneration for a wrongly accused death row inmate. In 2019, Send Me Home was awarded the audience jury prize and SXSW. Also that year, he worked on the creative development for Free Meek, an Amazon documentary series about rapper Meek Mill's fight for justice.
Jonatán's work often explores the intimate and revealing nature of creativity.
As a creative producer on several Spotify music doc series, including Local Legends, New Cash Order, and Radar, he's shared the personal journeys of breakout artists such as DaBaby, Polo G, Alaina Castillo, and Cousin Stizz. This past year he created and produced the 12-episode podcast series Butt Dial for Spotify, an off-the-cuff conversation between artists.
Never sticking to one genre or medium, Jonatán has worked with Ty Dolla $ign to capture the ethereal process of composing a track, the energy of performance with A$AP Ferg, and directed a custom anime adventure with Ski Mask the Slump God.
Jonatán imbues his films with compassion and humanity.