Academics Justin
Ervin '02

“In Italy, I was studying the neo-realists, people like Fellini, who sort of helped create the modern sensibilities that we know right now of filmmaking, and I really took to it.”  - Justin Ervin

 

Justin Ervin, SACI Alum Fall 2002, is a renowned Cinematographer, Director, and Filmmaker, currently living and working in Los Angeles.

His first feature-length documentary film, Elephant in the Room, was an official selection at San Diego Black Film Festival, Vail Film Festival, and Garden State Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary Short in April of 2013. His follow-up film, a narrative short entitled Six Months Later was screened in over 7 notable film festivals in 2014 and his most recent film LEAP was screened at both New Filmmakers NY and New Filmmaker LA and won the Audience Awards. Justin graduated with a MFA degree in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2012 and recently completed a Master Class at the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers in Los Angeles.

Initially an Illustration major working with drawing, painting, and design, Justin’s practice expanded into photography and then video. While a student in Florence at SACI in 2002, he made his first documentary and has been working with video and film ever since. Italy also offered Justin the change to study some of the great Italian cinema.  In a recent interview in with Labeling Men, a fashion, art, and lifestyle platform, Justin describes his studies in Italian cinema while at SACI, explaining, “in Italy, I was studying the neo-realists, people like Fellini, who sort of helped create the modern sensibilities that we know right now of filmmaking, and I really took to it.”

Cinematography remains Justin's passion and he is currently at work on new projects. In Justin's words, “You get to paint with light, you get to paint with composition. You can tell your story through frames, through color; it’s wonderful.”

Find out more about Justin’s work on Vimeo.

 

Six Months Later
 

Two newlyweds find themselves in the midst of a problem that seeks to separate their marriage as they celebrate 6 months together. Their frustrations are seen in contrast with the problems of other couples as they take a walk on the scenic High Line Park in NYC. Shot on location in NYC. Official Selection 2014: Maryland International Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, Brooklyn Shorts, Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival.

“In Italy, I was studying the neo-realists, people like Fellini, who sort of helped create the modern sensibilities that we know right now of filmmaking, and I really took to it.”  - Justin Ervin

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