Beloit, Wis. — BIFF has always been a source for films that elevate important causes and introduce us to filmmakers who labor tirelessly to improve the human condition. It is with a great deal of pride that BIFF names Jon Pavlovsky Honorary Chair for 2017.
Jon began his career producing and directing television commercials for national brands such as Anheuser Bush, McDonald’s and Toyota. After 15 years of successful commercial production, Jon transitioned into developing and producing feature films. He’s currently in pre-production on “Lesser Evil,” a feature written by Blake Heron (Bourne Identity), and is in development with Anderson Media on several television series including “Black Cell,” based on the best selling Seal Team Books by Ralph Pezzullo and Don Mann.
Prior to working in entertainment, Jon spent a number of years as a child advocate and counselor in group homes for the Department of Children’s Services. The desire to be of service has been a part of who Jon is for many years.
Somewhere in the midst of myriad projects, Jon found the time to get behind a film called “American Street Kid,” winning some powerful accolades, including the Best Social Impact Film prize at the 2016 Hollywood Film Festival. The film is a vital component of this year’s BIFF Cares series, sponsored by Beloit Health System.
The story follows the work of a young filmmaker, Michael Leoni, who in the wake of the deaths of two young girls, sets out to make a public service announcement, which ends up turning into a feature-length study. It is an eye-opening look at homelessness, abandonment, addiction, death, rehabilitation and hope through the eyes and voices of kids in dire straits.