Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan Levine has been an aspiring filmmaker since the age of 12. Following his graduation from Brown University's Art/Semiotics program, he worked in New York as personal assistant to renowned writer/director Paul Schrader. In 2002, Jonathan moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory as a director.
Levine’s debut as writer and director was 2008’s THE WACKNESS, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and LA Film Festival. Starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck, the film also earned Levine an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay.
In 2011, Levine completed direction on 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick. The story follows Adam Lerner, played by Levitt, who at 25 is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. In 2014 Levine released his feature film adaptation of the novel WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion, which opened to both mass critical and commercial acclaim.