JL Aronson in resume form

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & FOUNDER, CREATIVE ARSON PRODUCTIONS

(2001 – present)

Producing, directing, filming and editing video content for clients of all shapes and sizes.

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

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. 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. (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. In theaters across the country 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:

> 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, 3 Doors Down, Sean Lennon, Flaming Lips

FILM LECTURER

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

OLDEN DAYS 

CMJ Media (April – Nov. 2000)

> Writer, Editor, 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.

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 HD, Mac and Windows platforms, Avid Express, Photoshop, Office, DVD Studio Pro, After Effects (a little), 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

Brooklyn Public Library

I love libraries. I love Brooklyn. So it was my great pleasure to get this recent commission and, in the process, learn more about a venerable institution I thought I already knew. Check out the results:

music by the one and only Kaki King.

Times Square Yoga

Check out my latest collabo with Livestream and the Times Square Alliance.

Since 2oo2, Times Square has been hosting a giant, all-day, free outdoor yoga festival on the summer solstice as a counterpoint to the New Years celebrations that take place 10 days after the winter solstice. This year, 16,000 people pre-registered for five different classes. I feel quite fortunate to have been involved, even if it was just editing together all the footage. Though I have to say, there’s nothing like sitting in a darkened room, hunched over a computer, editing 15 hours of yoga classes to make you feel like a knotted snarl of linguine that was left in the pot over night.

Big thanks to Aradhna for supplying the music.

RCAL of Kingston

It was an honor to produce this video for a wonderful social service organization based in Kingston, NY. Click to watch and find out how they help all kinds of people overcome their challenges and live fulfilling lives.

Special thanks to David McNamara of Collective NY Productions for use of the Epic RED camera and his skilled lensing.

Future Bible Heroes

I love the Future Bible Heroes. (As a matter of fact, I’m quite fond of all Stephin Merritt’s musical endeavors.) So I was pleased as punch when Merge Records recently asked me to hang out with Mr. Merritt and his heroic collaborators (on my birthday, no less) to help introduce their latest endeavors to the world. This video is the result.