Jolly Road Productions is Nationwide
Headquartered in Hollywood, CA, Jolly Road Productions is a full service production company with a diverse and talented team of professional filmmakers locally in Los Angeles as well as in most major markets throughout the United States. Artists with the sensitivity and style for a broad range of situations and subject matter.
We come from different backgrounds, live in different settings, but we have one thing in common. We are dedicated and imaginative filmmakers who share a love of story and a passion for filmmaking.
Favorite movies: Alien, Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest
Favorite TV shows: Buffy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, The Handmaid's Tale
Sarah loves being on set and ushering creative ideas into the world. She was the Operations Manager for the last year and in June left to explore the world of live TV. Good luck Sarah!!!
Director of Filmmaking, Media & Creative Services
Favorite Time of Day: Twilight. Just before sunrise or sunset. A time of infinite possibilities.
Favorite Dessert: Sweet Rose Creamery’s Dark Chocolate & Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream with dark chocolate chips on top. Oh my goodness!
When not in the office or on set, you’ll find me mountain biking, surfing, or lately trying to make my 10-month-old son giggle.
Editor & Cinematographer
One word my friends use to describe me: Loyal. Your secret is safe with me.
What is your favorite place to relax? My back porch with a glass of wine or an old fashioned.
What do you like to do with your free time? My wife and I used to go wine tasting, but these days I enjoy my time with my baby girl and doing home renovations.
Fun fact: While living in NY I worked for Barney Greengrass, a classic old school deli, with a tons of character and characters. Many great life lessons learned there.
I fell in love with filmmaking when I was 10 years old after "borrowing" my parents video camera to make my first short movie one weekend. I was instantly hooked. With a passion for storytelling and a love for technology, this is the perfect path for me. Although I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my life, if I was forced to choose another career I would want to be a sea lion trainer. Or Batman.
Hometown? Born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Favorite movie? It’s hard to choose just one but when I need some excitement in my life, I always go for Guy Ritchie’s, “Snatch”. I highly recommend it.
Favorite time of day? I can be a bit of a night owl but there’s nothing like that golden hour of the day. I am always chasing those sunsets.
Favorite place to relax? When I can get a few days off, I usually head up to Lake Geneva or Wrigley Field.
Favorite dessert? Let’s just say I have a sweet tooth.
What do you like to do with your free time? I really enjoy an active lifestyle. Biking, running, hammocks, camping, fishing, skiing. If I have time off, I’m usually outside.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Definitely Bill Murray.
Fun fact: I once met Depeche Mode in an elevator but couldn’t name a single song they did.
One word would your friends use to describe you? Dependable
Best assets as a filmmaker? Fast on his feet
Favorite movie? Layer Cake
Favorite time of day? Sunrise, c’mon golden hour!
Favorite place to relax? My bike.
Favorite dessert? Cookies. I prefer hot out of the oven soft baked chocolate chip cookies but in reality there’s never been a cookie I’ve turned down.
What do you like to do with your free time? If I’m not working I want to be out on my bike. Mountain bikes, road bikes, gravel bikes, there’s not enough time in one’s lifespan to ride every road and trail but I’m doing my best in the time that I’ve got.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Ira Glass from This American Life.
Fun Facts: Finished the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race in under 11 hours and I maybe obsess a little too much about my Delta Medallion status.
Jesse is a cinematographer that loves to figure out interesting a creative ways to tell a story. He grew up on the east coast and moved to Colorado in 2009 for the mountains and adventure. When Jesse isn't behind the camera somewhere you'll usually find him at a brewery or hanging out with his 2 young kids.
Award-winning cinematographer and photographer, Cornelius has been experimenting with cameras for over 15 years. Graduating from the University of Central Florida's School of Visual Arts and Design, Cornelius places emphasis on story. His upbringing in micro-budget cinema allows him to find solutions in challenging situations with limited resources.
Favorite mMovie? It’s impossible for me to pick to just one.
What is your favorite time of day? Golden Hour, Duh.
Favorite place to relax? Not really into relaxing, more into adventure sports like hiking, scuba diving, and hang gliding.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Elon Musk.
Coffee or tea? I only drink water. Lol.
Fun fact: Former competitive swimmer.
I’m a simple guy, fun and outgoing, I love to laugh, laugh at myself, and I enjoy interacting with others. My nickname is Fozzy (for Fozzy the Bear), given to me at a bowling alley when I was 14 yrs old by a young lady who thought I looked like Fozzy the Bear. My friends got a kick out of it and it stuck. Funny thing is, some people think it's my birth name which I get a kick out of.
My best assets as a filmmaker? Flexible, and always looking for a new technique.
Favorite Movie? Antwone Fisher
Favorite Time of Day? Midnight
Favorite Place to relax? The Gym
Favorite Dessert? A Vanilla Ice Cream Cone
How do you like to spend your free time? With my 12 yr old son.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Barack Obama or Tony Robbins
Fun Fact: I weigh 228 but am afraid of squirrels.
Originally from St. Louis, she moved to Dallas to seek her fame and fortune but became a Director of Photography with a wonderful imagination and love of large, soft light sources. And dogs...she loves dogs!
Filmmaker & Editor
Ryan has been obsessed with film since he got a Lego Studios set as a young kid. Working in stop motion, he created all sorts of movies -- even using little Lego Spielbergs! Now living in LA, Ryan's moved on to working with humans. He continues to approach each project with creativity and passion and never forgets the tedious lessons he learned with his Legos -- like how Harry Potter and R2D2 have great on-screen chemistry.
I’m a pretty simple guy with big ideas. I love music, the moving image, my beautiful wife, and my son. He’s hysterical.
I’m from the East coast, lived on the West coast, but now I’m back on the East coast and loving it. I spend countless hours in my car driving all over New England for work and play, and not only do I listen to several podcasts, I also host my very own show.
Loyalty is high on my list of character traits. So is a sense of humor. You gotta be able to laugh at yourself, life, and the person next to you.
Jason is a independent filmmaker and video producer who’s films have played around the world. He loves to travel, especially for video work, and also loves the film scene in his home town of San Francisco. He’s originally from Buffalo, NY and gets back whenever he can.
When he’s not making videos for clients, he’s producing indie movies and trying to write his next film. This requires mass consumption of dark roast coffee and snacking on tasty food… he even made a feature film with food as a main character.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, but I’ve lived all over — New York, San Francisco, and (for about a year) Paris, France. I love all the different aspects of filmmaking because it combines so many disciplines involving craft, art, science and technology: storytelling, photography, lighting, shooting and editing. I love making all kinds of videos, especially profiles, and music documentaries.
In my spare time, I play a lot of guitar (blues, rockabilly, and roots music), and love to cook.
I’d say my strongest asset as a filmmaker is I that I know how to wear a lot hats, literally and figuratively.
Favorite movie? There’s no way to choose a favorite, so here are my top three: 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Seven Samurai, andThe 400 Blows.
Favorite place to relax? My favorite place of all to relax is Paris, France. Closer to home, it’s usually a quiet, sandy place — either a beach or the desert.
Favorite dessert? Probably lemon meringue pie.
Elie has a cinematographer's eye, a Lebanese sense of humor, and a passion for American mafia movies. He's a work-hard, play hard-kind of guy, so when he's not working long hours on the set, he's by the BBQ on Lake Merritt grilling up kofta kebab for family and friends. He loves to travel with his family and has worked all over the world, from the deserts of Qatar to Ningxia, China. He has two young boys who he's training as his PAs.
Dalton is a Cinematographer and Photographer with a passion for the unscripted world. His signature filming style is to have real life going on in the background of a project. When he's not filming he supports the film industry as a judge at film festivals and also by setting up local film screenings in his community. In addition, him and his wife are the proud owners of Hollywood Java which is a Pop-up Coffee Bar that gives filmmakers and creatives as a whole a place to work while waiting on their next big film gig.
Words your friends use to describe you? Hardworking, Energetic, Caring, Funny
Where have you lived? Born in Alabama. Lived in Georgia as a baby. Grew up in Tacoma, WA. College in Spokane, WA (Gonzaga). Moved to Los Angeles, CA to establish a my career. Lived in Vilnius, Lithuania to shoot the tv series, The New Adventures of Robin Hood for one season. And finally, moved to Atlanta to be near family.
What is your favorite place to relax? In front of my tv watching sports or a good movie.
What is your favorite dessert? Not big on desserts, but won’t pass up a good one if offered.
What I like to do with my free time? Get on my road bike or hit some trails on my mountain bike. Or possibly swim some laps in the pool.
Coffee or tea? No coffee. No tea. Water please.
Fun facts: Participated in the World Duathlon Championship (Run-Bike-Run) in Ottawa, CA and qualified the next year for Spain, but was hit by a car on my bike while training. Was the cinematographer for the tv series “Drug Wars”. Was one of the actors in Warner Bros “The New Adventures of Robin Hood”. Did fitness modeling in my 20’s for Nordic Track, Stairmaster, and others, and appeared on the cover of Men’s Health & Fitness. Tried out for the pro soccer team, the Seattle Sounders, and was one of the final players cut from the team.
FILMMAKERS IN MOST MAJOR U.S. CITIES INCLUDING:
Albuquerque • Anaheim • Aspen • Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Birmingham • Boston • Boulder • Charlotte • Chattanooga • Chicago • Cincinnati • Cleveland • Columbus • Dallas • Daytona • Denver • Fayetteville • Hartford • Honolulu • Houston • Indianapolis • Jacksonville • Kansas City • Las Vegas • Los Angeles • Louisville • Memphis • Miami • Minneapolis • Nashville • New Orleans • New York • New Jersey • Norfolk • Oakland • Orlando • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Pittsburgh • Portland • Providence • Raleigh/Durham • Richmond • Sacramento • Salt Lake City • San Antonio • San Diego • San Francisco • Seattle • Shreveport • St. Louis • Tampa • Washington D.C. • And As Always -- Growing!
is the founder of Jolly Road Productions, a team of dedicated and imaginative filmmakers who share his love of story and passion for filmmaking. He has worked on all sides of the camera, including in creative development at MGM Studios, as Director of Development at Seldes Films, the host of the television show Life After Film School on the Fox Movie Channel, as well as a contracted writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor.
Kalisher earned an MFA from the American Film Institute and a BA in Economics with a Minor in Film Studies from Tulane University.
When not in the office or on set, you’ll find Kalisher mountain biking, surfing, or lately trying to make his 14-month-old son giggle.
How I became a filmmaker
by David Kalisher
I attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. While there, I joined a boxing gym in the projects. I had grown up in a predominately white, small town in Connecticut. Suddenly I was the only white guy at an inner-city gym. I learned to duck a few brain-crushing punches
and destroyed a world of misconceptions and stereotypes. While I did not go on to become Light Heavyweight Champion of the world as planned, it was these experiences in New Orleans that inspired me to become a filmmaker. I had a story to tell.
The Jolly Road Story
I’m often asked how the name, Jolly Road Productions, came to be.
It was in 2008
On the verge of launching the business, I came up with a list of ideas that were personal to me. I asked everyone I knew to help me choose and just for fun, threw in a few goofy and random names.
At the time, I was producing a series of photography instructional videos for my brother, Jesse, and his company KALISHER. We filmed two days in Las Vegas followed by two in the Grand Canyon. It was on the drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, on interstate 40, that we passed a sign for Jolly Road. Jolly Road Productions. I threw it on the list.
“Jolly Road Productions?”
Jolly Road Productions received 1 vote from my graphic designer / artist sister. Truth be known, I was relieved. I called her up after the final tally was in and explained with a chuckle, how could I possibly answer the phone, “Jolly Road Productions?” She told me disappointedly, that Jolly Road Productions evoked a clear vision of my company logo.
It wasn’t simply because Amy was the graphic designer who would be creating my logo that I changed my mind. Jolly Road evoked imagery. The name itself was a visual experience!
So yup. Call me anytime. I will proudly answer, Jolly Road Productions, how can I help you?
JRP IN ACTION
Jolly Road On Set
Working closely with a couple dozen filmmakers can be a wonderfully collaborative experience. That's what we aim for. Veteran filmmakers who bring positivity, patience, and passion.
This production was an amazing exercise of teamwork. Five days where everyone brought their A-game in the most positive and generous way. When we called it a wrap, I felt it was emotionally risky to say all that was swimming through my mind. I was so moved and to mix those feelings with my exhaustion and gratitude could have resulted in a sloppy mess. I made it through it, and all of the subsequent projects we've worked on together.
Chicago Photo / Video Shoot
Part of a national photography and video project in Northern California, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC. A fun mix of our Los Angeles team and our local filmmakers around the country.