John C. Lyons

John C. Lyons

Artist, Teaching Artist


Contact: John C. Lyons
2711 Legion Road #8265
Erie, PA 16505

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Artist Statement

Film + Design



2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 – Best Filmmaker Award (Erie Reader)

2013 – Erie’s 40 Under 40 (Erie Reader)

2009 – Generation-e Leadership Award (Young Erie Professionals)

2007 – People of the Year (Erie Times-News)


Notable Affiliations:

2018-present – Founder, Director, Film Grain series

2015-present – Founder, Porreco College Movies Under the Stars

2015-present – Teaching Artist, Erie’s Voices

2014-present – Advisor, Greater Erie Film Office

2012-present – Teaching Artist, Erie Arts & Culture

2012-2017 – Founder/Curator, FILM at the Erie Art Museum Film Series

2011-present – Executive Director, Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania

2006-present – Founder, Edinboro Film Series


Film + Design



John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies created Lyons Den Productions LLC in 2004, an independent production company specializing in digital video entertainment and professional design services.



2019 – “Unearth” – 90 minutes – Narrative Feature (Writer/co-Director/Producer) Currently in Post production

2018 – “Against The Odds: The Indie Lifestyle” – 47 minutes - Documentary (Director/Editor/Camera Operator) Completed, currently unreleased

2017 – “#OurErie” – 5 minutes – Narrative Short (Producer/co-Director/co-Editor/ Cinematograhy) 100K views in 48 hours. Coverage in The Atlantic.

2014 – “150 Years of Kane: A Student Journey” – 50 minutes - Documentary (Director/Editor/Educator) Worked with 15 Middle School students on all aspects through Erie Arts & Culture

2013 – “Through the Blades” – Narrative Short (Director of Photography)

2013 – “There Are No Goodbyes” – 94 minutes – Narrative Feature (Director/Writer/ Producer/ Editor) Official Selection: 40th annual Athens International Film + Video Film Festival, Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, Flagship City Film Festival, Vegas CineFest

2011 – “Phantasm: Change the Channel” – Live Music Concert (Director of Photography)

2009 – “Schism” – 96 minutes – Narrative Feature (Director/Writer/ Producer/ Editor) Official Selection: Culture Unplugged International Film Festival (2013), The Boonies International Film Festival (2011), Spirit Quest Film Festival (2009) Best Narrative Feature Award, Lancaster Area Film Festival (2009), Director’s Chair Film Festival (2009) Best Actor and Best Screenplay Awards, Summer Show Film Festival (2009), Zero Film Festival (2008) Purple Heart Filmmaker Award, Guelcher Film Series (2008), Edinboro Film Series (2008)



Dorota Swies, John C. Lyons, Adrienne Barbeau on the set of feature film UNEARTH

Dorota Swies, John C. Lyons, Adrienne Barbeau on the set of feature film UNEARTH

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