Biography | Jon Keeyes: Director, Writer, Producer

Jon Keeyes - 2019With 30 produced feature films, Jon Keeyes made his filmmaking debut in 2000 with American Nightmare. This critically-acclaimed psychological thriller followed serial killer Jane Toppan on Halloween night as she brings to life the fears of a group of friends. Now considered a cult classic, American Nightmare remains in distribution throughout the world. Jon went on to write, direct and produce Suburban Nightmare, receiving rave reviews including numerous “top ten” lists. He followed up by directing the 80’s throwback horror movie Hallow’s End for ThinkFilm Company, followed by the crime thriller Mad Bad.

Jon then directed the Victorian-era murder mystery Phobia starring Erica Leerhsen, as well as the psychological crime thriller Element starring Michael Ironside and Steven Michael Quezada of Breaking Bad fame. He also wrote, directed, and produced Doom Room in England, touring the worldwide film festival circuit and winning awards, including 4 Best Movie Awards, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography.

Jon’s most current directorial work is the supernatural horror movie The Harrowing. Starring Matthew Tompkins, Michael Ironside, and Arnold Vosloo, the multi-festival winning The Harrowing is an intelligent, stylish horror movie released in North America and the United Kingdom on Christmas Day of 2018.

Besides writing and directing, Jon is also an accomplished producer with thirty movies to his credit. Among his more recent credits is the horror movie Becky starring Kevin James, Lulu Wilson, and Joel McHale, the thriller Crypto starring Beau Knapp, Kurt Russell, Alexis Bledel, and Luke Hemsworth, and, the thriller Burn starring Josh Hutcherson, Suki Waterhouse, and Harry Shum. Jon’s recent credits also include the dark comedy After Everything starring Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, and Marisa Tomei, and The Pretenders directed by James Franco starring Jane Levy, Juno Temple, Brian Cox, and Jack Kilmer, as well as Welcome the Stranger starring Riley Keough, Caleb Landry Jones, and Abbey Lee. Additionally, Jon has been credited for King Cobra starring Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Molly Ringwald, and James Franco, and Welcome to Willits starring Dolph Lundgren, Rory Culkin, Chris Zylka, and Bill Sage.

Along with feature film work, Jon has directed and produced numerous regional and national television commercials and was an Academy Award semi-finalist with his short film Angela’s Body. He’s directed episodes of the TV shows Inspector Mom and Throwing Stones, and produced the web series Exposed for Warner Bros. and McG’s company Wonderland.