Jonathan M. Parisen

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Jonathan M. Parisen
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Born (1971-12-26) December 26, 1971 (age 49)
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Filmmaker, painter

Jonathan M. Parisen (born December 26, 1971) is an American filmmaker and painter who wrote, produced and directed Stairwell: Trapped in the World Trade Center, the first dramatization of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City.

In 1997 Parisen co-wrote Class of Nuke ’Em High Part 4, the still unproduced sequel to the popular Troma Studios series Class of Nuke ’Em High.[citation needed] He serves on the board of the Rec-Youth Multimedia film festival (film festival showcasing youth produced movies) which occurs once a year at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. He works as an instructor of Journalism and Television performance at the Connecticut Schools of Broadcasting.[citation needed]

In 2003 and 2004, he worked as a television reporter for Time Warner Cable in New York City. He covered such stories as the Port Mobil Explosion in February 2003, the 2003 North America blackout, and the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash. In June 2006 Parisen was one of over two hundred film directors who worked on the documentary A Broad Way which is due out in late 2007.[citation needed]

In December 2008 Parisen began production on a film inspired by the internet suicide of Florida teenager Abraham Biggs, the film is entitled Watch Me Die. Parisen can be seen in the horror film, I Sell The Dead, which stars Dominic Monaghan and Ron Perlman. [1]

In March 2009 Parisen had the first showing of his paintings at the CCCP Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. In May 2009 Parisen began work on The Cup of Noodles Project, an art project featuring art books and paintings of "Cup of Noodles" that he has been leaving in public places for people to find and keep.[citation needed]

In October 2010, he created the "LFK" (Left-Found-Kept) Project, an art project where he leaves 4X6 framed watercolor paintings around New York City for people to find and keep. In January 2011 Parisen begins work on "The Coca Cola Project". A photography project where he will feature photographs of all things Coca Cola related that he comes across in his travels.[citation needed]

On February 26, 2011 Parisen completed his short film, Adrift. The film which is about an astronaut accidentally sent adrift into outer space premiered on the internet. In June 2012, he wrapped up production on Watch Me Die. It premiered June 15, 2012 at the Soul Union Apparel Film Festival in Manhattan.[citation needed]


Parisen has directed five feature films:

  • 800 (1998), the only film dealing with the 1996 TWA flight 800 disaster over Long Island, New York
  • The Atomic Space Bug (1999), a horror film that paid tribute to the horror films of the 1950s and starred B-movie legend Conrad Brooks (Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space)
  • Stairwell: Trapped in the World Trade Center (2002) the first 9/11 dramatization
  • A Conversation with Norman (2005), a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960).
  • Toilet Gator (2016)


  1. "I Sell the Dead (2008): Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database.

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