RJ LaRussa is a Director of Photography and Visual Artist working locally in New York City. Their work has screened at SXSW, Chicago Critics Fest, Frightfest, L'Étrange Festival, and the Denver Film Festival among others, and has been covered by the Zeiss Lenspire blog, Aislin Magazine, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Their most recent short film work THE MUNDANES, by Magic Society Pictures, premiered at SXSW 2023. RJ is a graduate of the 2023 Respectability Entertainment Lab.
RJ specializes in story-focused projects across both feature and short narrative, music video, and documentary work. He strives to bring naturalism and experimental techniques together to create visuals that serve the story of each individual project. This is carried into his visual arts work, where he joins experimental filmmaking techniques with sculpture to examine the link between memorialization and American imperialism.
RJ’s sensitive approach to their subjects is informed by their experiences as a neurodivergent artist. The relationship between people and the world around them is integral to their work as a storyteller.

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