we tell stories
At 590films, we have a passion for storytelling. Our films and radio pieces have aired on PBS, NPR, all over the web and in theaters throughout the country.
In addition to producing high quality documentaries, we also create marketing, branding and educational videos, as well as PSAs and commercials. We believe that the heart of a good film is a story about people, a story we tell through beautiful images, thoughtful interviews, strong research, writing and editing.
If you are interested in creating a video, we'd love to make it with you. So please drop us a line.
In the meantime, take a look at our work. We've got different categories for all the cool stuff we've made. Enjoy!
who we are
Scott Elliott is founder and creative director of 590films. He directs, shoots, edits, basically anything to tell the story and tell it beautifully. He's made a bunch of documentaries and his one Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, about the history of the Bowery in New York City, aired on PBS in July 2005 on the series Reel New York. Scott’s most recent documentary, Into the Gyre, about plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, has won numerous awards at international film festivals, including Best Picture at the 2012 Scinema Festival of Science Film. He is currently in production on The Trees, a film about the National September 11th Memorial plaza.
Julia Elliott’s first film project was as co-writer and co-producer of the award-winning feature film Windhorse, which tells the story of one Tibetan family’s struggle under Chinese occupation. Her production credits include several nationally broadcast PBS documentaries: This Far by Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys, Race: The Power of an Illusion, The Supreme Court, and The Old Man and the Storm. She was a co-writer on Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery and Into the Gyre. She graduated from Wesleyan University, received a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her first published fiction won the Boulevard Magazine Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. Her favorite 590films project was “Dreams,” produced for the National Down Syndrome Society.
Matt Ozug’s radio stories have aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition,Weekend Edition and The World. As a producer at Sound Portraits, Matt worked on a variety of pieces, from stories on Death Row to a portrait of the World’s Oldest Male Stripper. His piece “Parents at an Execution” won a Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award. In 2003, he helped launch the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project. Matt has reported internationally from countries such as Pakistan, South Sudan, and Cambodia. As a staff reporter for PRI’s America Abroad, Matt’s stories included profiles of former child soldiers in Uganda, survivors of the USS Cole Bombing, and a union of Brazilian prostitutes. He co-produced the radio series The Arab World’s Demographic Dilemma, winner of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi prize from the Society of Professional Journalists. Matt studied at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.