About Stephen R Powell

Cinematographer. Filmmaker. Storyteller. 

A filmmaker, photojournalist, and avid explorer, Stephen is driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore and tell the stories beneath the surface. He infuses his passion for adventure into his work around humanitarian issues, bringing new perspectives that help change the public conservation. His first documentary (producer/director/ writer) was a 26-minute pilot called A Round for the House (2002). His first major success came in 2006 when he was lead editor and story editor on the award winning film The Forgotten City.

Since that time he has earned screen credits as a director, story editor, producer, field producer, director of photography, and editor on over 100 national television shows and projects. These have included programs for every one of the major networks, NBC, CBS, ABC, National Geographic, United Nations Films, Paramount, CNN, The History Channel, PBS, AP, Reuters, Discovery Networks, FOX News Channel, Travel Channel, Food Network and more. He has worked as a field producer for the 2010 Olympic Games. He has also served as a judge for the EMMY Awards, the International Documentary Association, and has also worked teaching media studies at The Park School of Buffalo.

In addition to his documentary and television experience Stephen has directed and produced hundreds of promotional videos for corporate and NGO clients.

Most recently (February, 2020), Stephen worked as Director of Photography in Congo for the United Nations on a documentary tracking the Ebola Outbreak there entitled Fighting for Survivors which was released to film festivals in August, 2020.

Currently, Stephen is directing a documentary that follows Zamir Gotta, a close friend of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain as he travels America entitled
98 Degrees West -Zamir Discovers Bourdains America.

Steve seems happiest when it’s remote and conditions are challenging. But adventure isn’t the only driving element for the Upstate New York native – he also focuses much of his work and attention on social justice issues. Stephen has covered events and stories all over the world.

In addition to his work in film and television Stephen has is the author of the 1996 book “Rushing the Growler: A History of Brewing in Buffalo.”


2020        DocPitch Awards (Voting audience judge)

2019        EMMY Awards (Documentary Films -NE Region)

2018        International Documentary Association (IDA) Member Awards

2017        EMMY Awards (Documentary Films -West Region)

2016        EMMY Awards (Documentary Films -NE Region)

2015        International Documentary Association (IDA) Member Awards

2010        EMMY Awards (News -NE Region)

2009        EMMY Awards (Documentary Films -NE Region)

Hilbert College, Board of Professional Advisors, Dpt. Comm Studies (2012-present)

International Documentary Association (IDA) -Current Member



















Award of Excellence. Film: Fighting for Survivors (United Nations Films)

Directed by Melonie Kastman

Credit: Director of Photography

Telly Awards 2020

Silver Telly Award

Reimagining a Buffalo Landmark (PBS)


The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) 2020

Award of Excellence,

Credit: Director of Photography


Telly Awards 2019

Bronze Telly Award

Reach Out: Recognize Relationship Abuse (PBS)

 Credit: Director of Photography

The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) 2019
Communicator Award
        Credit: Director of Photography

Elmwood Media LLC.  is a full-service media and content production company offering concept development and project management to a wide range of clients. We work with media industry professionals who are looking for specific services as well as with organizations of all sizes and varieties that rely on us to build their film or video from the ground up -from concept to completion.`

More simply put, we make videos, lots of them for clients here in Buffalo and all over the world. If you need overall video production services, camera crews, or documentary and TV show crews, post production (editing) we can provide what you need.

Because the creative core of the company and the principals are the same, we are personally connected to each project. We offer a professional continuity for our clients that larger companies with high staff turnover and junior staff cannot provide.


Telling Your Story 

We focus on creating world-class projects that help open new markets from Main Street to Madrid. In addition to our technical expertise with the tools of film and video, we have years of experience in retail, international acquisitions, and distribution, and we are eager to help you position, develop, and brand your organization or product. We’ll show you how to take an idea and maximize its potential as a revenue stream.


The Right Tools for the Job

Depending on your needs, we can shoot in HD, 2K up to 240FPS, 4K up to 60FPS, and 5.7K RAW. We keep up with the latest developments in video, packaging, web deliverable, and production technology, so we’re always on the lookout for new technical advances that will fit your specific situation. We are now able to offer true infra-red spectrum filming (FLIR upon request) .


Global Reach

Not only do we offer video production in Buffalo and Rochester, we routinely travel far and wide for out clients. Our location list includes shoots in North America, South America, Southeast Asia (Thailand, China), Africa, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.


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