Writer, Director, Producer and Cinematographer - Jethro Water’s directorial debut for a feature film, F/11 and Be There, has been in the official selection of Full Frame Documentary Festival, Austin Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, and other film festivals internationally. His most recent short film, Yene Fikir, to which Natalie Prass wrote and performed a live score, was featured in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for the FreshGrass Festival 2019. Jethro’s short film, Remains is currently part of the Civil Rights museum photography exhibition “I Am a Man” curated by William Ferris, exhibiting in The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., as well as art museums in Montepellier, France, and Johannesburg, South Africa through 2018 and 2019. His work as a filmmaker has often been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Billboard, among many other publications and media outlets. He has made a wide range of films with teams from various professions - publishing, art, academia, cinema, and music. He has made films and music videos with Angel Olsen, Natalie Prass, Eric Slick, Matthew E. White, River Whyless, and a host of other musicians and artists.
“Jethro has that rarest of gifts, a perfectly proportioned mind, eye, and instinct for delivering his eloquent artistic erudition like a lighting bolt of intuitive energy to the moment. Jethro sees through his heart with eyes and feelings that transcend mere words. This man performs music with his camera. His language is visual, a voice for a depth of his being.”
- Burk Uzzle
“Besides getting out of the way and letting Uzzle wow the audience with his wit, candor, and empathy, the best thing Waters and crew did was make sure their aesthetic matched the quality of the myriad photos that are shown during the doc. The lighting, camera work, and overall look of the film are stunning.
With its behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s best photographic practitioners and its depiction of a man with the soul of a true artist, F/11 and Be There should be required viewing for aspiring artists everywhere. In a world filled with darkness, this film shines a little light.”
- Rod Machen - full review: Cinapse
"Jethro has always been my co-director, my co-editor, and my number one space cowboy co-pilot. If you decide to work with him in any capacity I can assure you he will greet you and your project from the heart and with a squinty eye, just in case. You need both, you see.”
- Angel Olsen