John Lazzaro is a documentary filmmaker and documentary photographer with over 15 years experience respectively. He attended the University of Vermont where he received his B.A. in Film Studies and English followed by Quinnipiac University where he received an M.S. in Interactive Media.
He is fascinated by storytelling and visual design. His documentaries address topics of social awareness. Hindsight (2010), offered a painful look at Long Island’s heroin epidemic. His most recent documentary, Masters of Cruelty (2018), takes an eye-opening look at New York's animal abuse laws as told through those fighting against cruelty cases on Long Island.
In his approach to photography, Lazzaro draws upon his experiences from documentary filmmaking in order to create a realistic, visual, and thought-provoking dialogue of the macabre.
His latest work, The Walls Still Talk, is a photo essay documenting the decades of neglect and decay of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center in Kings Park, NY as a result of deinstitutionalization.
John is also a member of The Firefly Gallery in Northport, NY and fotofoto gallery in Huntington, NY.
Quinnipiac University, M.S. Interactive Media, 2014
University of Vermont, B.A. Film & Television Studies, English 2009
AWARDS & HONORS
2019 - Salmagundi Art Club Juried Photography Exhibition Open, Official Selection for Forgotten
2019 - Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, Inc. - A Moment in Time Spring Art Competition, 2nd Place - Photography Category for Forgotten
2018 - Fotofoto Gallery - 14th Annual National Photography Competition Exhibition, Official Selection for Day Room
2018 - Fotofoto Gallery - 4th Annual International Phoneography Competition, 3rd Place for Lonely Picture
2010 - Long Island International Film Expo, Official Selection, Winner Best Humanitarian Film Award for Hindsight
2008 - Columbia University’s Undergraduate Film Festival Official Selection, 3rd Tier Award Winner for 85 Years & 16 Presidents
DOCUMENTARY FILM EXHIBITIONS
Masters of Cruelty (2018)
2019 Point Lookout Film Festival
2018 Long Island International Film Expo
Sic Transit Gloria (2011)
2012 Indie Spirit Film Festival
2012 SENE Film, Music and Arts Festival
2012 Desert Rocks Film and Music Event
2012 Long Island International Film Expo
2011 REEL Independent Film Extravaganza
2011 Williamsburg International Film Festival
2010 Long Island International Film Expo
2010 Orlando Film Festival
2010 DocUtah Film Festival
2010 Wanderings Film Festival
2010 Macon Film Festival
2010 Green Bay Film Festival
2010 Indie Spirit Film Festival
Blame the Woman (2008)
2009 Macon Film Festival
2008 Indie Spirit Film Festival
2008 Long Island International Film Expo
2008 Vermont International Film Festival
2008 GirlFest Hawaii
85 Years & 16 Presidents (2007)
2008 Columbia University’s Undergraduate Film Festival
2007 Long Island Big Fish Film Festival