Justin Janowitz Justin Janowitz


Justin Janowitz’s love for cinema and image creation was ignited as a child by the aisles of his neighborhood video store in southern New Hampshire, 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 projects that offered him the opportunity to bring his dramatic and cinematic style to the documentary space are the Netflix feature length documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (nominated - Outstanding Documentary -  53rd NAACP Image Awards) which tells the story of the little-known friendship and relationship between these men, and the Hulu 6-part docu-series City of Angels, City of Death that documents the chilling 1970s - 1980s era of rampant serial killers in Los Angeles and the detectives who brought them to justice. He also worked on the Hulu series RapCaviar Presents which explores some of today's provocative issues through the lens of hip-hop visionaries. 

Other notable 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 films The German King, Justice for Vincent, and Shutter the Doors.

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 - IATSE Local 600