Filmmakers

Filmmakers

Matthew Ehlers (writer, director) –  A Rochester filmmaker and graduate of USC Cinema, Matt’s short films Lunch, Autobank, & Who’s Your Daddy were all official selections to the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast by networks such as IFC & HBO. Matthew directed the comedy short series Cappers for the Comedy Central show, AtomTV. He also created a cartoon series, Animungus, for the Cartoon Network show, Sunday Pants. He recently complete a 12-part documentary series on the history the photographic process for the George Eastman Museum, Inventions of Photography. You can see his work at Eggwork.com.

Ray Manard (producer, cinematographer) – Ray has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of award-winning documentary, short form and feature projects over the past 30 years. Recently, he served as Cinematographer/Editor on the documentary feature Signs of the Times. Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, the film has won numerous awards including an EMMY award and is airing nationally through Public Television. His documentary about American Lighthouses, Sending out the Light enjoyed critical acclaim and success through PBS and Home Video. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Ray is currently co-owner of Crystal Pix, a nationally recognized film and video production facility in Western New York.

Jessica W. Johnston (producer) – Jessica is Curator of Collections and Assistant Director at Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1969 by Nathan Lyons, VSW’s mission is to support makers and interpreters of images through education, publications, exhibitions, and research collections. In addition to her curatorial and administrative duties, Jessica is a Visiting Instructor at SUNY Brockport where she teaches courses in collections management and the history of photography. Prior to joining VSW, Jessica was the Assistant Curator of Photographs at the George Eastman Museum. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University (2006). Jessica has produced numerous exhibitions, is an exemplary project manager and was co-producer and co-director of the 12-part documentary shorts series The Inventions of Photography with Matthew Ehlers.

Doug Buckley (2nd Camera) – Doug has spent his 26yr career in film and digital production working on feature films, documentary films, commercial productions and countless corporate marketing projects. Most recently he has produced a series of documentary shorts that tell the story of Green Visions, a work development project that serves an urban community by teaching sustainable gardening and business practices.

Joe Alessi (producer) – A veteran of the NYC production world, Joe brings his experience as a filmmaker as well as his experience in the world of live music and events to the project. Joe has co-produced Eggwork’s Sundance films and was a finalist in the Universal Studios Million Dollar Film Festival.