Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 as she talks with Jonathan Hock, producer of OFF THE REZ. The film follows Shoni Schimmel, then a high-school junior living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon and the star basketball player on the local team. When Shoni’s mother, Ceci Moses, goes against the wishes of her community and takes a job coaching a high-school team in Portland, then the course of Shoni and her family’s lives are changed forever. This compelling documentary chronicles Shoni’s senior year and reveals the struggle that mother and daughter face to keep their hoop dreams alive and prove that Native American women can become champions off the Rez.
Hock's is an eight-time Emmy Award winning producer, director, writer and editor. "Survive and Advance" was Hock's most recent contribution to ESPN's Peabody Award winning "30 For 30" documentaries, and the story of Jim Valvano and NC State was the top Twitter trend when it premiered, with raves from The Rock, Seth Meyers and Larry King, who called it, "One of the best things television has ever done – incredible!"
His other films for ESPN include "Unguarded," which was named Best Documentary of 2011 by Sports Illustrated, Best of iTunes 2012, and the LA Times film critic Patrick Goldstein wrote that the film has "as much scope and ambition as any of the great novels or stories."
Hock is currently at work on a series of shorts called "Hockumentaries" for the website grantland.com. The first installment, about an NBA basketball player named Royce White who suffers from general anxiety disorder, has been viewed over a million times on YouTube.