Return to Kyrgyzstan

Role: Director of Photography Client: Purple Nomad Films Sponsors: Eddie Bauer, Jones Snowboards, Delorme, Never Summer Snowboards, Play Hard Give Back, Spark R&D Publication: Rolling Stone Online , Eddie Bauer LYA Blog, In the remote village of Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan, where some of the world’s best backcountry skiing can be found, the local people don’t have access to skis … they’re either impossible to find or incredibly expensive. For the past six years, Hayat Tarikov, an expert in community-based tourism, has been working with the people of Arslanbob to establish a sustainable, locally-run winter tourism industry. His efforts are dramatically changing the lives of Kyrgyz children by offering them the skills and opportunity to become backcountry ski guides. In February of 2016, Jon accompanied film [...]

50 Peaks Challenge

Role: Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Photographer, Editor in the Field Client: Eddie Bauer, Microsoft Sponsors: Eddie Bauer, Microsoft, Pop Chips, Leki, Tasc , Avex Sport, Goal Zero Publication: Microsoft News, Eddie Bauer LYA Blog, Popular Mechanics, Shape, Nat Geo Adventure, various local news outlets In the Spring of 2016, Jon joined Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller as they attempted to climb the 50 US highpoints n just 50 days. Starting on Denali in Alaska, the team then drove across the country, reading the 50 highpoints in a record 41 days and 16 hours. During the project, Jon shot for two separate video series (Eddie Bauer and Microsoft) and edited all six episodes in the back of a sprinter van while on the road. [...]

Nepal Solar Aid

Role: Director of Photography, Photographer Client: Eddie Bauer Sponsors: Eddie Bauer,  Aspect Solar Publication: Eddie Bauer LYA Blog, Rock and Ice In the Spring of 2016, Jon joined mountaineering legend Ed Viesturs and his son Gil as they journeyed to Everest Basecamp, bringing along donated solar panels for local sherpa who were impacted by the 2015 earthquakes. It was an incredibly rewarding mission, as Ed and Gil delivered panels to residences of Khumbu Valley, and the Himalayan English Boarding School in Lukla.


Role: Director, Co-Producer Client: Independent Film Project Sponsors: Avex Sport, Hammer Nutrition "Moment" is a documentary, short form film co-produced and directed by Jon Mancuso that explores the meaning of “moment” and how it applies not only to the often misunderstood sport of highlining, but to our daily lives and the obstacles we all face in life. The film features some of the most iconic lines in the sport, including the recently established “Walk in the Park” on Long’s Peak, CO (the highest established line in the US at over 14,000 ft.) as well as some of the sport’s top athletes. It is scheduled for release in late 2016.

Snowbound Alaska

Role: Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Photographer Client: Eddie Bauer Sponsors: Eddie Bauer Publication:  Eddie Bauer LYA Blog, When Melissa Arnot headed for the remoteness of Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, it was to cleanse the tragic events in Nepal and on Everest with a wilderness climbing experience. But Alaska can be an unforgiving place. Instead of a quiet glacier camp and rejuvenating alpine climb on 14,831-foot Mt. Bear, her small self-supported team experienced sketchy crevasse-ridden navigation, multiple life-threatening situations, and a storm that held them captive until they ran out of food. As Melissa recounts, “That’s why they call it climbing, not summiting.”

The Climb- Condé Nast

Role: Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Photographer Client: Condé Nast Entertainment, Glamour Magazine Sponsors: Eddie Bauer, Glamour, Goal Zero, Leki USA, Avex Sport, Smith Optics Publication: Glamour Magazine (in-book) , Glamour Online In the spring of 2015, Jon accompanied Melissa Arnot to Nepal to document her attempt to become the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. Working as DP for Condé Nast Entertainment, Jon was the "one man show" responsible for shooting and in-field directing 5 episodes of the series "The Climb". On April 25th, 2015 a massive earthquake rocked Nepal killing over 8000 people and setting off an avalanche at Everest Basecamp that destroyed camps and claimed the lives of 22 climbers and support staff. The events [...]

Mustang Mystery

Role: Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Photographer Client: Eddie Bauer Sponsors: Eddie Bauer Publication: Nat Geo Adventure (Extreme Photo of the Week) , Eddie Bauer LYA Blog In the fall of 2014 of 2016, Jon accompanied climbers Melissa Arnot and Ben Jones to the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal, in search of unclimbed peaks and exploration. The 6 week expedition culminated in the first ascent of Mustang Himal (20,600ft). The content from the trip resulted in a 3 part video series for Eddie Bauer, as well as receiving the National Geographic "Extreme Photo of the Week" and subsequent feature on the Nat Geo Adventure blog.