E.J. has been a documentary filmmaker since he moved to NYC to shoot his first film school project- a profile of a rapper selling his CDs on an NYC street corner. From there, he's gone on to become an Emmy nominated director at MTV, creating intimate yet cinematic work with some of music's biggest names through short and long form documentary content for the channel. Taking his youthful sensibility into the commercial world, he has worked on branded documentary pieces for clients including Burger King, Dove, Kia, and the U.S. Army.
His latest documentary short, Stacked, directed alongside collaborator Pat Cummings, follows 19 year old surfer Balaram Stack as he competes against Kelly Slater and other of the world's best surfers in the first New York Quiksilver Pro surf contest. The film has transcended the surf film world and has screened at dozens of film festivals including the Edinburgh and Newport Beach Film Festivals.
E.J.'s unique visual style stems from his desire to bring beauty to every story without sacrificing its authenticity or integrity. This is a result of years of shooting his own personal film projects and working closely alongside DPs on commercial projects, often times opting to shoot second camera himself to achieve a closer connection to the story.