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John R.

Iowa City, IA, USA

5 reviews

$450 - $1500 / Day

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About John

I am an independent documentary filmmaker, video producer and photographer living in Iowa City, Iowa. I work on a wide variety of projects in the Midwest around the world. I have a B.S. in Environmental Science and a professional background as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. In my work, I try to combine a strong visual sense with intimacy and bit of humor.

Top Reviews

  • August 2022

    John is a very talented filmmaker who is great to work with. For this project he stayed much longer than anticipated to capture everything we asked for, and was extremely diligent about getting us the footage that same evening. We recommend John for any job, and look forward to working with him again!

    - Will from 60 Second Docs

Top Services

  • Documentary DP

    4 reviews
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    2 reviews
  • Video Editor - Documentary

Top Projects

  • Cinematography / Directing Reel

    • Documentary DP
    • Video Editor - Documentary
    • Non-Fiction Film Director

    Highlights from various projects I have produced

  • VJ near Grinnell Iowa: 2/26

    • Documentary DP
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    Produced for G/O Media on Storyhunter

    March 2017

  • The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove

    • Documentary DP

    The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove is a short film about the Danish American experience in the early 20th century through the eyes of Walter Hansen, the son of Hans Hansen a Danish immigrant who came to Iowa from Denmark in 1899 and built a farmstead in eastern Iowa out of native timber and without power tools.

  • Presenting Mister Lincoln

    • Documentary DP

    It was 20 years ago that Lance Mack first realized that he bore a striking resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. He was teaching German at the University of Michigan when he had this revelation, and to him the only thing to do was, “to figure out what to do with it.” Published by in 2012

  • The Reluctant Apcalypticist

    • Documentary DP

    David Heffner give a no-nonsense account of his home garden, beekeeping operation, and prospects for surviving the apocalypse.



  • Full HD video camera
  • Multiple cameras
  • DSLR or equivalent
  • GoPro or equivalent
  • 4K video camera


  • External recorder
  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic


  • Lighting kit

All Services

Production Support

  • Non-Fiction Film Director
  • Editorial Photographer / Photojournalist
  • Commercial DP
  • Documentary DP
  • News Shooter / Video Journalist


  • Video Editor - Commercial
  • Video Editor - Documentary
  • Video Editor - News

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