Jay B. Johnson

Jay B. Johnson

Director of Photography and Camera Operator

Cleveland, Ohio

Member Since:
April 2014
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About Jay

Over 20 years experience as a Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Editor for clients like: PBS, ESPN, MTV, MSNBC, BIG TEN NETWORK, Steve Harvey, LeBron James - Leaders of Tomorrow, Discovery Channel - Canada, HBO. Documentaries, commercials, promotional, and training videos. Writer/Director for my feature "Will Work For Food," and several shorts. My feature won first place at the L.A. DV film fest and was featured in DV magazine.




  • Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol

    Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol (2020)
    Film Cinematographer

  • I See You

    I See You (2019)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • Native Son

    Native Son (2019)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • The Tower

    The Tower (2017)
    Film Cinematographer

  • Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race

    Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race (2015)
    Film by Kara Martinelli White (Documentary, Adventure and History) Camera and Electrical Department Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race is a documentary film that follows a team of two women air racers in the 2014 Air Race Classic, mirroring the story of the original Air Race of 1929 (also known as the Powder Puff Derby). The first Women's Air Derby in 1929 was a cross-country race flown from Santa Monica to the finish line in Cleveland, kicking off the National Air Races. The eyes of the country watched as these women made history flying cross-country in what was thought of a man's competition. They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation. Beyond the Powder is a tale of adventure and determination. Women today will be inspired by these racing pilots of yesteryear and now. Written by Adam White

  • Banger

    Banger (2015)
    Film by Mike Berry (Drama) Cinematographer When a turf war between two street gangs leads to the death of a young Haitian immigrant, his mother conjures up a spell to bring her son back from the grave to exact revenge on those responsible. The code of the street is simple; stay loyal to the gang, stay focused on the money and most importantly, stay ALIVE

  • #50Fathers

    #50Fathers (2015)
    Film by Joddy Eric Matthews (Comedy) Cinematographer #50Fathers is an American Dramatic Comedy. Dominique Hathaway is the best high school athlete in the nation. "Nique" is a three sport All-American and a Blue Chip MLB or NFL draft prospect who will certainly enjoy a lifestyle few young adults are privy too. With that in mind, Nique decides to give his brother and him something they haven't had since the death of his parents, but now more than ever is needed... A Father. He post on his YouTube Channel, Team Nique, that he will pay, upon the start of his signing a professional contract, $10,000 per month for an individual to serve as his father. To that end, his friends and he will interview 50 prospective candidates to make a selection. Team Nique interviews the 50 potential fathers, some good, some hilariously bad and in the end discover that what makes a man a good father is much different than what they imagined. Written by Johnathon L. Jackson

  • The Nigerian

    The Nigerian (2015)
    Film by Jay B. Johnson (Crime and Thriller) Director, Writer, Producer Educated black man Harvey Banks lost his job, his home and is in debt for child support. In a desperate effort, he resorts to a violent crime spree but learns from a street hustler what it really takes to survive.

  • Blood on the Mountain

    Blood on the Mountain (2014)
    Film by Jordan Freeman (Documentary, History and News) Camera and Electrical Department 'Blood on the Mountain' focuses on the environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its rippling effect on all American workers. This film will tell the story of a hard-working people who have historically had limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich natural resources of their land. The failure to diversify the economy has insured control by outside, unrestricted corporations with the support of politicians kept in their positions by these very same companies. Written by Anonymous

  • Beautiful Garden

    Beautiful Garden (2014)
    Film by Christopher Peplin (Crime and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department An eclectic group of runaways, artists, and drifters reside in a Utopian squat house on the coast, though the future of this peaceful commune is threatened as greed, hypocrisy, and corruption grow from within.

  • Penton: The John Penton Story

    Penton: The John Penton Story (2014)
    Film by Todd Huffman (Documentary, Adventure, Biography and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department Full-length documentary about John Penton. An American icon and motorcycle trailblazer who along with his family and a band of loyal followers, changed off-road motorcycling forever. This is an American story about family, competition, ingenuity and business that will tug at the hearts of everyone who sees it. John Penton is a motorcycle icon and pioneer who's life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and global notoriety. What began with a humble motorcycle shop, turned into international off-road racing career leading him to the discovery of the need for a smaller machine which he was soon selling in the US. With his innovative Penton motorcycles he introduced riding to a new generation of riders around the world.

  • Old Fashioned

    Old Fashioned (2014)
    Film by Rik Swartzwelder (Drama and Romance) Art director Clay, a small town antique store owner trying to leave his shame behind, rents the apartment above his store to a wandering girl. Elizabeth travels from town to town until her gas tank is empty, never staying long enough to make a real connection. As she gets to know her reticent landlord, a courtship develops. Clay goes slow and Elizabeth tries to push, and everyone wonders why he's so determined to be difficult. The real question is whether these two people can endure an old fashioned romance in a modern world. Along the way we learn about both their pasts and meet some of the people who have influenced them, for better or worse. We see some of the challenges of modern romance and dating. Written by somejenshine

  • Underdogs

    Underdogs (2013)
    Film by Doug Dearth (Drama, Family and Sport) Art director Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises from obscurity to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community. Bobby Burkett is the promising quarterback for the Knights, but his Division Four school has never made a playoff appearance until Coach Vince DeAntonio's arrival. Their gruff new coach recruits a talented but insecure receiver and gives a juvenile delinquent offensive lineman a second chance. When Bobby falls for rival cheerleader Renee Donohue, a battle for more than a championship begins with the Viking's "golden boy" quarterback John Hanford III. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is being sued by his former employer and town patriarch John Hanford II over the intellectual rights to a revolutionary new energy saving product. With their home at stake, things look grim for the Burketts (until rumors of Hanford Corp's move to Mexico surface). Now with hundreds of manufacturing jobs at stake... Written by Anonymous

  • Who Am I?

    Who Am I? (2012)
    TV Movie by Dave Andrews (Drama and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer 20 years ago a spaceship crashes to earth because of a mysterious object the government is doing tests on. Today, a teen hockey player starts having strange dreams and visions that are setting him apart from his normal life.

  • Tomorrow You're Gone

    Tomorrow You're Gone (2012)
    Film by David Jacobson (Thriller) Art department Charlie Rankin, recently released from prison, seeks vengeance for his jail-house mentor William "The Buddha" Pettigrew. Along the way, he meets the ethereal, yet streetwise, Florence Jane. They embark on a unlikely road trip, careening towards an unlikely redemption and uncertain resolution.

  • Rise Above

    Rise Above (2011)
    Film (short) by Adam N. White (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department The film educates about the Tuskegee Airmen and inspires with stunning aerial photography to "Rise Above" adversity in life. The entire film is shown in a state of the art mobile theater; completed with a 170 degree curved screen to put you in the airplane. Written by Adam N White

  • The Handyman

    The Handyman (2010)
    Film (short) by Jay B. Johnson (Crime, Drama and Horror) Cinematographer, Director, Editor What do you do with a dead body? 'The Handyman' knows. Inspired by the true story of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell, 'The Handyman' is a glimpse into the daily life of a psychopath responsible for the death of 11 women found on his property. Written by Anonymous

  • Coal Country

    Coal Country (2009)
    Film by Phylis Geller (Documentary) Cinematographer

  • Dreaming on Christmas

    Dreaming on Christmas (2005)
    Film by Spencer Jay Kim (Comedy and Romance) Cinematographer Two strangers: a businessman named MITCH (Spencer Jay Kim) and an exotic dancer named RANA, (Liz DuChez) decide to spend Christmas night together.

  • Will Work for Food

    Will Work for Food (2005)
    Film by Jay B. Johnson (Drama) Director, Writer, Editor A jobless machinist, Billy, tired of begging for jobs and dumpster-diving, makes a sign for help using ketchup from a fast-food joint. Everyone ignores him except Kurt, a slick, fast-talking, completely untrustworthy guy who seems like all the used-car salesmen in Ohio put together. He offers Billy a cheeseburger for washing his car. No problem. That accomplished, Kurt ups the stakes by offering Billy an option to do another errand for a steak dinner. The tasks seem innocuous, but Billy begins to show up on many security cameras, and Kurt's requests get stranger and stranger, the stakes higher and higher, until there's a final, irrevocable task. Cleveland landmarks look refreshing in this feature film, and the camera picks up other corners of the city you may have never seen. Written by David Jones

  • Pieces

    Pieces (1997)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • Virgin Forest

    Virgin Forest
    Camera and Electrical Department


  • Best Feature, L.A. DV Film Festival


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