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JL Aronson

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & FOUNDER –  CREATIVE ARSON

(2001 – present)

Full suite production services, brand awareness campaigns, igniting a digital conversation.

Partial client and collaborator list:

Wired Magazine      Central Park Summerstage    WNYC.org (NY Public Radio)    Livestream   River to River    Miranda July        Rolling Stone       Celebrate Brooklyn       Sufjan Stevens        Thirteen/WNET     New York Public Library      Gloria Estefan         MuchMusic         Times Square Alliance      Tracy Chapman           Manhattan School of Music          Lladro        PEN American Center     Village Voice      Brooklyn Public Library    Maison Martin Margiela   Food Network     HBO     Jonathan Caouette

FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILMS (director, producer, camera, editor)

Last Summer at Coney Island (93 min, 2010) – Feature-length documentary about Coney Island’s roller coaster relationship with redevelopment. Aired on PBS stations in 2011-2013. Nominated for a NY Emmy Award. (distributor: IndiePix Films)

Up on the Roof (58 min, 2008) – Urban wildlife film about the transformation of Brooklyn, as seen thru the experiences of neighborhood pigeon keepers. Aired on PBS stations in 2012-2015. (distributor: IndiePix Film)

Danielson: a Family Movie (105 min, 2006) – Award-winning documentary about five siblings from New Jersey & their psychedelic-gospel-folk-rock group. Co-starring Sufjan Stevens. In theaters across the U.S. December 2006. (distributor: HomeVision/Image)

Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke (74 min, 2001) – Rock doc on musical ambitions, nostalgia, and wish-fulfillment.

INDEPENDENT CAMERA / CREW / PRODUCTION credits include:

> Associate Producer for Travel Channel of China (2015)

> Freelance cameraman for Livestream (2009 – present)

> Video Producer-at-large for the Time Square Alliance (2009 – present)

> Coordinating Producer + cameraman: “HBO Taxicab Confessions” (2009)

> Producer / Director / Editor of The Pontani Pages podcast (2010 – present)

> Fieldwork filmmaker for Global Nomads Group in Haiti (2010)

> Video Producer for RollingStone.com (2006-2008)

>  MUSIC CHOICE (broadband and digital cable TV network)  Director, Editor, Cameraman (2004 – 2007)  producing & shooting interviews & performances with artists including Sarah MacLaughlin, Slipknot, Trail of Dead, Ludakris, Metric, Sean Lennon, Flaming Lips

FILM LECTURER

University of California Santa Cruz,  New York University, Parsons School of Design, Randolph-Macon College, SUNY Purchase

MARKETING & WRITING 

CMJ Media (April – Nov. 2000) > Writer, Editor, Art Director, Publications Coordinator for music festivals and conferences

KNITTING FACTORY (1997 – 1999) > Marketing and Media Relations Director for the world-renowned music club and festival production house. Also responsible for writing and editing a bi-monthly program guide.

FREELANCE WRITER for such publications as the VIllage Voice, Time Out New York, Curator Magazine, Mountain Record

EDUCATION  

UC Santa Cruz — B.A., Political Science and Media Studies (1996)

 

AWARDS

Grants: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) regrants through Brooklyn Arts Council; Puffin Foundation

Film Festivals: Chicago Underground Film Festival, Northampton Independent Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, ACE Film Festival

TECHNICAL

> Software (partial list): Final Cut Pro Studio, FCP X, Photoshop, Office, DVD Studio Pro, After Effects (somewhat), Compressor

> Camera experience: wide and varied; if it has a lens and a record button, I can work with it.

> Languages Studied: Mandarin, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, French

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