Jon directed, co-wrote, and produced Urbania, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The Lionsgate release won nine other film festivals; was named Best Film of the Year by Movieline, BoxOffice Magazine, and Baltimore City Paper; and was listed as One of the Year's Ten Best in every major LA paper, Time Out NY, the SF Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and 30 other publications. Urbania made history as the first film to use a digital intermediate; Shear conceived the part of the process that conforms a film's negative.
He entered the business as an actor, using the pseudonym Jon Matthews because his family was being considered for the Witness Protection Program (He's the grandson of a hitman and son of a bookie and FBI operative). Jon was featured in such films as Independence Day and Heathers; starred in the original Pulitzer Prize winning production of Angels in America; and appeared on Broadway in Six Degrees of Separation, Shimada, and Runaways. He won three LA Dramalogue Awards and the San Diego Drama Critics Circle Award. Jon's most recent theater work includes directing Jeremy Sisto in Sanguine and producing Val Kilmer's one-man play Citizen Twain.
Shear serves as a script consultant for projects from two hundred million dollar tent-poles to two hundred thousand dollar indies. He was a creative consultant on Nickelodeon's Secret World of Alex Mack and The Journey of Alan Strange; runs The Script Stage, which performs screenplays in development with such actors as Michael Sheen, Damian Lewis, and Kristen Bell; and teaches private group classes on acting and directing the actor worldwide.
Shear's latest film projects as writer-director, Pursuit of Pleasure and Red Light Green Light, are currently under option and he's preparing his first documentary, Yours Anne: a diary of The Diary of Anne Frank. Jon is a graduate of Harvard University, where he won the Harvard Prize for writing and the McDonnell Award for his contribution to the arts.