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Film/Video Work

In addition to his journalism work, Jon has directed, hosted, co-directed, produced and scripted several video and film projects. His most recent is "Just Beneath the Surface," a series of mini documentaries on the Long Beach Island region.


Just Beneath The Surface Episode One: Harvest and Make from Just Beneath the Surface on Vimeo.

Just Beneath The Surface Episode was directed and produced by Jon Coen, working with Oak Leaf Media. It examines two hyperlocal food sources on LBI - blue claw crabs and Jersey tomatoes and find out what it is about Southern Ocean County that inspires local artists. But it's more about the characters as we meet Richie the Crabber, Tomato Jay, Bunkerfish and Cathleen Engelsen. 


The Red Bull Surf and Rescue mini doc was co-directed by Jon Coen for Red Bull. In 2015, Red Bull highlighted the storied history of lifesaving in New Jersey by inviting every patrol in the state to the biggest, most unique lifeguard competition ever in the state. The film relied on Coen's network and knowledge of the New Jersey Shore. 


East Coast Rising "A Surfer's Tale of Hurricane Sandy" from Transition Productions on Vimeo.

East Coast Rising "A Surfer's Tale of Hurricane Sandy" from Transition Productions on Vimeo. East Coast Rising by Transition Media was just one of many films made in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. This shows how New Jersey and New York surfers worked with Waves 4 Water to respond to the crisis caused by this historic event. Coen was interviewed on Long Beach Island during the clean up effort. RED BULL PRESENTS INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN FALLON AT THE PRESS ROOM

Lecture: Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem (New Jersey, 2012) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo. 

 After years of working with Brian Fallon and the Gaslight Anthem Coen was given the opportunity to talk with Brian Fallon in a recorded interview with a live audience at The Press Room in Asbury Park. This turned out to be a pretty interesting interview, as Fallon took the conversation into hilarity. SHORED UP Clam Jam from Mangrove Media on Vimeo. Ben Kalina of Mangrove Media released "Shored Up" in 2012 on beach erosion and replenishment. It not only was accepted to several film festivals, but really got the dialogue going about better beach fill projects. Coen was interviewed several times throughout the filming of this documentary.