Director Jonathan Baker

February 6, 2019


Reporter Leah Rading interviews filmmaker Jonathan Baker.

Filmmaker Jonathan Baker recently released his fascinating Hollywood documentary, Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker, featuring some of the industry’s most iconic directors, including Jodie Foster, Taylor Hackford, Adrian Lyne, Nicolas Cage, John Badham and Warren Beatty.

The one-of-a-kind film explores the process of directing a big-budget feature, from the ground up, through the eyes of top directors as they tell their own stories.  A must-see for movie lovers and anyone who has ever dreamed helming a big-budget, Hollywood feature, the film was created in tandem with Baker’s preparation for and production of his own directorial debut of “Inconceivable,” starring Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon and Faye Dunaway.  

Directed by Neal Thibedeau, the documentary includes interesting, candid stories on topics ranging from the pressures of financing and working with top talent, to the ultimate challenge of making sure to stay true to the film’s vision. The film chronicles the inspirational “first time” stories of these celebrated directors, combined with the very personal story of Baker’s dream of making it big in Hollywood.   The film is available via iTunes, DVD, Digital HD and VOD.

Jonathan Baker has always been enthralled by smart storytelling and larger-than-life figures, taking inspiration from greats like Ernest Hemingway to guide his own sensibilities as a director, writer, producer, entrepreneur and adventurer. He grew up in New York City on the same block as Jackie Kennedy and dreamed of working in the entertainment industry from the age of seven. While growing up in Manhattan in the 1960s, he became captivated by the movies, living vicariously through characters played by his idols Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Launched in 1985, Baker Entertainment Group is a multimedia development and production company housed at the Paramount Studios Lot. It is a “new kind of production company” that provides a unique form of entertainment known as “intertainment,” a 360-degree insight of the production process of filmmaking.  

Baker and the filmmaking team are hopeful that the documentary will serve to showcase that success comes to those who are dedicated to their passion.  With a vision that the film will be a tool to start a conversation for those in college, film school, high schools and anyone who loves or wants to be in the film industry, he has pledged to devote his time to speak to students of all ages, to help spread his advice on both independent and studio filmmaking.  

For more information on availability, school representatives can contact the Baker Entertainment team at:

Official Film Site:

@JonathanBakerDirector on Instagram, Twitter @Jonathanbaker

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