Videography for Teens
Meet the Instructor

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John Lyons was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended Northwestern School District and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Edinboro University. He is the Executive Director of the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and has programmed quality cinema for over a decade at a variety of venues.

He produces features, documentaries and short films with his wife and partner, Dorota Swies, under their company Lyons Den Productions. He lead the short film collaboration "#OurErie" which was viewed over 100,000 times in 48 hours and received recognition by James Fallows in The Atlantic. His previous features "Schism" and "There Are No Goodbyes" received Best Screenplay at Director's Chair Film Festival NYC and the Purple Heart Award at Zero Film Festival Los Angeles.

His efforts brought attention to local media resulting in Erie Reader's 40 Under 40, Young Erie Professionals Generation-E Leadership Award, Erie Tmes-News' People of the Year and Erie Reader's "Best Filmmaker" Awards. Lyons was also a 2-time nominee for Creative Entrepreneur of the Year at Innovation Collaborative's Disrupt Erie Awards. Lyons' efforts all feed into the overarching goal to build a new, inclusive industry in the Erie region.