LEFT ON PURPOSE Directors Justin Schein and David Mehlman - Cinema Village
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LEFT ON PURPOSE Directors Justin Schein and David Mehlman

DIRECTORS PROFILE | Starts Feb 10th at Cinema Village!


Justin Schein

Director | Cinematographer

Justin has been shooting and directing character-driven, social issue documentaries for more than 20 years. As a cinematographer he has shot on over 60 films internationally for broadcasters including The BBC, The Discovery Channel and PBS. His film No Impact Man premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and has screened throughout the world. Justin received his master's degree in Documentary Film and Video Production from Stanford University and went on to found Shadowbox Films with fellow graduate David Mehlman in 1998.


David Mehlman 

Co-director | Editor

David was supervising editor of the 2007 Oscar-winning short subject documentary, Freeheld, that also won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance.  He edited and sound designed the 2005 Academy Award-winning animated short documentary, The Moon and the Sun.  Recent film and television credits include Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (Oscar and Emmy nominee),Iconoclasts, My So-Called Enemy, IFC Media Project, Small Town Security, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood; and MTV True Life: I’m a Gun Owner and I’m a College Baller, which he directed, produced and edited.  David received a master’s degree in Documentary Film and Video Production from Stanford University.  He founded Shadowbox Films with Justin Schein in 1998.