Justin Janowitz Justin Janowitz


Justin Janowitz’s love for cinema and image creation was ignited by the aisles of his neighborhood video store in southern New Hampshire as a child and the family 35mm still camera that his father taught him to shoot. A firm believer in the power of the visual language of cinema, Justin strives to create images that accentuate and punctuate the emotional and artistic impact of the projects he photographs.

Justin’s most recent project is the Netflix feature length documentary, Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali. The film tells the story of the little-known friendship and relationship between these two great men and offered Janowitz the chance to bring his dramatic and cinematic style to the documentary.

Other recent projects include the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries, documentary The Wizrd, chronicling hip-hop super-star Future, and the award winning and Academy Award qualifying short film The German King. He recently wrapped production on a 6-episode Hulu true crime docu-series.

Regardless of the project, budget, or any of the other many factors that affect every production, he gravitates to the same core filmmaking beliefs:

  1. Simplest is usually best.
  2. Story always comes first. The visuals must serve the story and not distract from it.
  3. Filmmaking is a team sport. Good communication and collaboration are key to a successful production.

Justin graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in cinema and photography. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

International Cinematographers Guild - Local 600