The Lower9

A Film by Matthew Hashiguchi

A Story of Home

Matthew Hashiguchi

(Director and Producer)
matthew.hash@gmail.com

Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning filmmaker, photographer and cinematographer originally from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2007, after graduating with a BA in Photojournalism from The Ohio State University, he went to work and intern as a multimedia journalist for newspapers in Ohio and Washington DC.

While working as a documentary video journalist for The Washington Post, Hashiguchi made several provocative short documentary films that received praise and attention online, receiving hundreds of thousands of views in a matter of days. Hashiguchi decided to leave the world of journalism to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking.

In May 2011, Hashiguchi graduated from Emerson College with and MFA in Visual & Media Arts. Currently, he is completing his first feature-length documentary, titled “The Lower 9: A Story of Home” and also branching out into commercial and narrative work. Hashiguchi combines his experience as a journalist with his understanding of image, sound and pacing to tell a compelling story.

Elaine McMillion

(Co-Director/Co-Producer)
elainemcmillion@yahoo.com

Elaine McMillion is an award-winning journalist who uses storytelling techniques gained through writing, in addition to experience in research, audio/video production and photography, to express a story visually through film. McMillion has over four years of experience writing, producing, shooting and editing for various mediums across platforms.

After graduating with a BS in News Editorial Journalism and working in the field of newspapers for three years, McMillion left the world of journalism to pursue a career in non-fiction film. As a filmmaker, McMillion’s short and feature works focus on unique individuals with striking stories who represent contemporary social and cultural issues.

She is currently in post-production of a historical documentary film titled, Lincoln County Massacre. Through contemporary footage, interviews and archival resources, the feature-length film explores the issue of police brutality in rural West Virginia.

Lee Strauss

Audio/Music Composition
leestrauss@gmail.com

Ryan Merrill

Web/Graphic Design
ryancmerrill@gmail.com