JON ALSTON was born on June 4th, 1983 in Monroe, LA. Prior to his senior year at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, LA, Alston earned a football scholarship to Stanford University where he studied Public Policy and Dramatic Writing (2001-2006). Alston finished his collegiate athletic career in the top ten in both single season and career sack totals as a standout linebacker for the Stanford Cardinal. Alston earned the respect of his teammates, receiving several team honors for exemplary play and dynamic leadership.

The St. Louis Rams drafted Alston 77th overall in the 2006 NFL draft and he has called St. Louis home since playing his first of five NFL season for the Rams. Alston started sixteen games during his tenure with the Oakland Raiders (2007-2009) and also served as a special teams captain for the Oakland Raiders (2007-2009) where he led the team in special teams tackles and earned a reputation for being one of the best special teams players in the league. In 2010, Alston signed a two-year, seven figure contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and completed his professional career in 2011.

Alston’s passion for storytelling inspired him to redirect his leadership talents and found The Common Goods Film Company (CGFC ) in July of 2011. Serving as writer, director, and a producer, Alston began production on the company’s first feature length film, “Red Butterfly,” a thrilling romantic tragedy set in New York City. Driven to bring his story to life, Alston assembled a team of more than three hundred motivated individuals who helped make “Red Butterfly” a reality. “Red Butterfly” premiered on November 15th, 2014 at the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The film received a multi-platform release domestically in the fall of 2015, and continues to be released in multiple foreign territories. 

Alston is an impassioned, autodidactic filmmaker who believes, "Stories provide the context by which we first learn to understand and connect with the world around us. Undoubtedly, to tell a good story and then to tell it well is one of the most noble pursuits imaginable."