phone: +1 415 847 1089
email: jpdobrin * at *

J.P. Dobrin is a freelance documentary filmmaker and portrait photographer based in Oakland, California. He primarily works as a cinematographer and editor for news outlets, independent documentary production companies, and corporate clients.
During his first photography classes in high school, he became enamored with documentary photographers like Bruce Davidson and Eugene Richards, which led him to study photojournalism at the Academy of Art San Francisco. After 10 years as a freelance photographer, he went on to learn documentary film at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
J.P.’s projects have centered around immigration, wealth inequality, and criminal justice issues- primarily told through the stories of everyday people. He co-directed the documentary film Irse - Leaving Venezuela in 2020 for Al Jazeera Witness, about the Venezuelan exodus as told through the stories of two pregnant women. His recent film The Lookout, debuted in 2022 on World Channel/PBS, is an Asian American perspective on deportations. His directorial work has been supported by the Berkeley Film Foundation, A-Doc, the Video Consortium, and the Asian American Journalist Association. He’s been commissioned to make documentaries for Verizon, Capital One, Voice of America, and Vox / Eater.
He’s right-handed but kicks a soccer ball with his left foot. His (jpdobrin) rating is 1800 on a good day.

PBS Frontline
Al Jazeera
Washington Post
New York Times
Eater / Vox
Axios on HBO
Voice of America
World Channel (PBS)
International Rescue Committee
Univision / Jorge Ramos
Cisco Systems
Capital One

Film Festival Screenings

United Nations Association Film Festival
Madrid International Film Festival
Miami Independent Film Festival
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
DocLands Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Cinequest Festival
Video Consortium NYC, SF

Eddie Adams Class of XXVI
Gear list:

Sony FX9 cinema camera body
Sony 28-135 F4 lens

Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L lens MK2
Canon EF 50mm F1.4 lens
Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS lens
Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8 lens

Canon 5d mark3 SLR body
Canon 5d mark4 SLR body

Sennheiser G4 wireless lavalier audio kit
Audio-Technica AT875R Shotgun Microphone
Rode Boom Pole and Blimp Windshield
Small HD 502 monitor

Sachtler FLowtech 75 tripod and FSB8 head
Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Tripod with manfrotto 502 head
Sirui Monopod P-324X

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