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PUBLISHED: Jun 26, 2017 10:53am • UPDATED: Jun 27, 2017 11:06am

Sarawak boy charts own path in New York



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KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2017: 

Despite doing poorly academically and being home-schooled most of his life, Kuching-born Jonathan Anak Galan has found his passion to excel in – thousands of miles away in New York.

In a recent interview, the 23-year-old readily admits he “didn’t score very well for SPM – only 5As” went he did attend school at Seafield USJ2, having largely grown up in Subang Jaya.

And his journey towards finding his niche in film production and photography wasn’t exactly smooth – he first took a detour by working on MV Logos Hope before he was accepted into Arizona State University to do film and media production.

The Dayak-Iban impressed enough to be awarded scholarship and grants at the university – which led him to be based in New York after graduating.

“My stuff has been featured in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Herberger Film Festival, Arizona Underground Film Festival. I do a lot of work for fashion blog”

He brings his scientific upbringing  – thanks to both parents working in scientific fields – and colourful creativity to create emotionally invocative visuals and readily admits some of his work is best featured “on my mother’s smartphone”.

Not satisfied with just traditional media, Jonathan has also delved into costume design – learning about fabrics and design in relation to cinematography and lighting from award-winning author and costume designer Connie Furr.

With this background, he has shot music videos for Beat The System, Kevin Devine and Myrlindo. Samples of his work can be found at



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