Mathew John

Mathew John is an Audiovisual Productions Specialist at the National Park Service where he leads the effort to conceptualize and produce educational, inspiring, and engaging videos to showcase the nation’s public parks. He is the award-winning director and videographer for Twenty & Odd. Set against 400 years of suffering, healing and strength, with a backdrop of our nation’s most storied lands, the innumerable contributions of African Americans to the foundation of the United States are recognized in this short film. The film’s title, Twenty & Odd, is taken from a quote from English colonist John Rolfe describing the number of the first enslaved Africans brought to Virginia in 1619. The Park Service’s creative team chose this title to reclaim power of Rolfe’s phrasing that suggested that these enslave Africans were so insignificant that they could not even bother to be properly counted. The narrative for Twenty & Odd is Maya Angelou’s remarkable poem Still I Rise. John earned his B.S. in Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He worked with the American Red Cross, from 2006 to 2008, as the Celebrity and Entertainment Outreach Coordinator. He coordinated with the entertainment industry to support humanitarian efforts through producing specialty media projects. He joined the National Park Service in 2009, leading video projects from inception to release, and launching many successful video series.

Mathew John is an Audiovisual Productions Specialist at the National Park Service where he leads the effort to conceptualize and produce educational, inspiring, and engaging videos to showcase the nation’s public parks. He is the award-winning director and videographer for Twenty & Odd.

Set against 400 years of suffering, healing and strength, with a backdrop of our nation’s most storied lands, the innumerable contributions of African Americans to the foundation of the United States are recognized in this short film. The film’s title, Twenty & Odd, is taken from a quote from English colonist John Rolfe describing the number of the first enslaved Africans brought to Virginia in 1619. The Park Service’s creative team chose this title to reclaim power of Rolfe’s phrasing that suggested that these enslave Africans were so insignificant that they could not even bother to be properly counted. The narrative for Twenty & Odd is Maya Angelou’s remarkable poem Still I Rise.

John earned his B.S. in Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He worked with the American Red Cross, from 2006 to 2008, as the Celebrity and Entertainment Outreach Coordinator. He coordinated with the entertainment industry to support humanitarian efforts through producing specialty media projects. He joined the National Park Service in 2009, leading video projects from inception to release, and launching many successful video series.