Jonathan Cuartas was born and raised in Miami. He graduated film school in 2016 with his thesis film, Kuru, screening at Palm Springs International Shortfest. His most recent short film, The Horse and the Stag (2018), screened at Indie Memphis, winning Best After Dark Short. He is a 2019 Sundance Knight Fellow. My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To, which received a Special Jury Mention at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, is his feature debut.