CINEMATOGRAPHER

2020
Radical Media

Directed by:

John Hoffman,

Kahane Cooperman

Produced by:

Andrea Berman,

Jennifer Galvin,

Peter Nauffts

The Antidote is about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up, despite the fundamentally unkind ways of our society, which are at once facts of life in America and yet deeply antithetical to our founding ideals.

- 2020 Montclair Film Festival

2020
Salted Media, LLC

Directed by:

Cathryne Czubek, Hugo Perez

Produced by:

Gigi Diment, Philip A. Sanchez, Sarah Dowland, Matt Porwoll

In the slums of Kampala, two men from opposite sides of the world come together over a shared love for America’s greatest hero: Rambo. Against all odds, the two make their own action movies with no money — and bring joy to millions of people on the internet. Welcome to “Wakaliwood.” Through comedy and kung-fu, Once Upon a Time in Uganda chronicles the unlikely friendship between Isaac Nabwana, a director hailed as “Africa’s Tarantino,” and Alan Hofmanis, a film programmer from New York. While Isaac tirelessly makes feature after feature, Alan brings his films to international audiences. But tensions flare as Isaac’s star rises — threatening their partnership and all of Wakaliwood.

- 2020 SXSW Film Festival

2020
HBO

Directed by:

Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Sarah Teale

Produced by:

Michael Hirschorn, Amy Wallace and Harry Leadbeater

In advance of the 2020 Presidential election, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections takes a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology, investigating the startling vulnerabilities in America’s voting systems and the alarming risks they pose to our democracy.

2020
HBO
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Directed by:

Pat Kondelis

Produced by:

Lynsey Tamsen Jones

On September 26, 2017, an extensive two-year undercover FBI investigation into a basketball corruption scandal led to the arrest of executives at Adidas and assistant coaches at major college programs. At the center of it all was Christian Dawkins, an unassuming and unknown 25-year-old who was allegedly part of a criminal enterprise that infiltrated college basketball teams and funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to steer recruits to prominent athletic programs. For the first time ever, Dawkins explains how a kid from Saginaw, Michigan wound up in a hotel suite surrounded by FBI agents with a warrant for his arrest.

- 2020 SXSW Film Festival

2020
HBO

Directed by:

Varda Bar-Kar

Produced by:

Kabir Sehgal, Pedro González Kuhn

Exec Produced by:

Quincy Jones, Andrew Young

Fandango at the Wall follows Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra founder/conductor Arturo O'Farrill to the remotest regions of Veracruz, Mexico, where he meets and jams with the masters of son jarocho. Son jarocho is 300-year-old folk music rooted in the land that combines African, Indigenous and Spanish traditions. After Arturo's inspiring journey, he and his orchestra join the masters of son jarocho at the border between the United States and Mexico for a son jarocho music and dance festival called Fandango Fronterizo. The festival takes place simultaneously on both sides of the United States/Mexican border transforming this object that divides to one that unites. With a poetic musical approach inspired by the son jarocho tradition, Fandango at the Wall reveals a Mexico seldom depicted, and delves into the current mass human migrations spurred by violence, poverty, and corruption.

- 2020 Cleveland International Film Festival

2019
Coastal

Directed by:

Nicholas Ma

Produced by:

Graham Willoughby, Jonathan Bays 

Yo-Yo Ma re-records, for the last time, the first piece he learned — the Prelude to Bach’s first cello suite.

- 2019 Seattle International Film Festival

- 2019 New York Film Festival

- 2019 DOC NYC

2019
Emergent Order

Directed by:

John Papola

Produced by:

Teryn Fogel, Marshall Walker Lee, Spencer Stoner

Professional musician turned intrepid economist Arthur Brooks travels around the globe in search of an answer to the question: How can we lift up the world together, starting with those at the margins of society? His journey takes him through the chaotic streets of Mumbai, a town in Kentucky left behind by the global economy, a homeless shelter in New York, a street protest in Barcelona, and a Himalayan Buddhist monastery. Along the way, he discovers the secrets not only to material progress for the least fortunate, but also true and lasting happiness for all.

2019
Discovery

Directed by:

Ross Kauffman

Produced by:

Fisher Stevens, Xan Parker, Zara Duffy 

50 years ago, a young forest officer in India rallied the world to save tigers from extinction. Today, the creed is carried on in Far East Russia by the guardians of the last Siberian tigers, who risk everything to save the species.

- 2019 Sundance Film Festival

- NOMINATED 2019 Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Broadcast Cinematography 

2018
Showtime
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Directed by:

Matthew Heineman

Produced by:

Pagan Harleman 

Co-DPs:

Peter Hutchens, Max Preiss, Ross McDonnell 

50 years ago, a young forest officer in India rallied the world to save tigers from extinction. Today, the creed is carried on in Far East Russia by the guardians of the last Siberian tigers, who risk everything to save the species.

- 2018 Sundance Film Festival

2018
OXYGEN

Directed by:

Joe Berlinger

Produced by:

Lisa Bryant, Kevin Huffman

Documents the murder of Jessica Chambers, talks to friends and family of both Jessica and Quentin Tellis (man accused of killing her) discusses the evidence there is (or isn't) and has parts of the court trial(s) that have taken place.

2017
SPIKE TV
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Directed by:

Joe Berlinger

Series DPs:

Bob Richman, Luke Geissbuhler, Tony Hardmon

A gripping eight-part documentary series follows Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, as he investigates a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances in the small rust-belt town of Chillicothe, Ohio.

2017
PBS - America Reframed 
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Directed by:

Catherine Tambini

Exceptional children in an after school dance program show us a thing or two about determination, perseverance, joy and the satisfaction of really being seen - in a world often blind to their very existence.

2016
Fusion
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Directed by:

Catherine Tambini

Produced by:

Jorge Ramos, Dax Tejera, Veronica Bautista

Award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos gets rare, exclusive access to the Neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and "Alt-Right" movements, whose hateful rhetoric against innocent Americans is on the rise in part because of the extraordinary 2016 election season.

2016
Emergent Order
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Directed by:

John Papola

Produced by:

Cristina Colissimo, Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Lisa Versaci Papola

A filmmaker's personal journey into the farm industry, seeking to understand the humanity and morality of humane animal practices.

2016
Cat Tails, LLC
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Directed by:

Catherine Tambini

Produced by:

Ethel Sheffer

Symphony Space co-founder and the resonant voice of Selected Shorts on public radio, Isaiah Sheffer was an actor, director, radio announcer, playwright, lyricist, singer, mentor, cultural entrepreneur, creative thinker, loyal friend, champion of those he worked with, dreamer, and impresario. The documentary film is an enduring portrait of a beloved figure in the arts community and in the hearts of many.

2015
A&E Indie Films
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Directed by:

Matthew Heineman

Produced by:

Tom Yellin, Kathryn Bigelow

With unprecedented access, is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Cartel Land is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.

- WINNER 2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Cinematography

- WINNER 2016 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming

- WINNER 2016 Cinema Eye Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography 

- NOMINATED 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

2015
Teen Vogue
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Directed by:

Cathryne Czubek

Web series for Teen Vogue that follows the fans of some of the biggest celebrities. In the pilot, Five-year-old Isabella, who is battling leukemia, meets her idol Meghan Trainor for the first time.

2015
WIRED
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Directed by:

Cathryne Czubek

Video for Wired.com about Huggable Robot—an app-controlled stuffed animal designed by the MIT Media Lab to help young patients who are fighting cancer at Boston Children’s Hospital.

2013
Glamour
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Directed by:

Cathryne Czubek

Documentary web series for glamour.com following Caitlin Brodnick's decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.

2010
StopTime Productions
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Directed by:

Michael Pickett

Feature documentary following the 2008 US Homeless World Cup soccer team.
 

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2020
Focus Features
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Directed by:

Dawn Porter

Produced by:

Laura Dern,

Evan Hayes,

Jayme Lemons

Cinematographer:

Keith Walker,

Clair Popkin

Inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller comes Dawn Porter's The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people.

- 2020 Telluride Film Festival

- 2020 Toronto International Film Festival

2018
HBO
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Directed by:

Susan Lacy

Produced by:

Emma Pildes, Jessica Levin

Cinematographer:

Samuel Painter

A look at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon Jane Fonda.

- NOMINATED 2019 Primetime Emmys Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

2017
Amazon Studios
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Directed by:

Matthew Heineman

Produced by:

Molly Thompson, Alex Gibney

Cinematographer:

Matthew Heineman

With unprecedented access, this documentary follows the extraordinary journey of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently"—a group of anonymous citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was overtaken by ISIS—as they risk their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

- 2017 Sundance Film Festival

2017
Showtime
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Directed by:

Bartle Bull

Cinematographer:

Tom Hurwitz, ASC

Heroes, dreams, heartbreak, and redemption: the three-month urban odyssey of the New York Golden Gloves, the world's largest, oldest, most important amateur boxing tournament.

2016
The Ink Connection

Directed by:

Pierre Bismuth

Produced by:

Madeleine Molyneaux

Cinematographer:

David Raedeker

Oscar winner Pierre Bismuth hires a private investigator to find the L.A. master's missing rock in the Mojave Desert in 'Where's Rocky II?' Art experts, actors and screenwriters also join the hunt for the mythical piece, which hasn't been seen for nearly 40 years.

2014
Aubin Pictures
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Directed by:

Catherine Gund

Produced by:

Tanya Selvaratnam

Cinematographers:

Kirsten Johnson, Albert Maysles

Feature documentary that traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb Dance Company’s movement philosophy as Streb pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky.

- 2014 SXSW Film Festival

- 2014 Full Frame Film Festival

- Sheffield Doc/Fest

2014
HBO
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Directed by:

Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Produced by:

Dana Perry

Cinematographer:

Tony Hardmon

Short documentary that spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

- WINNER 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short

2012
CNN Films
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Directed by:

Matthew Heineman, Susan Froemke

Produced by:

Doug Scott

Cinematographer:

Wolfgang Held

Feature documentary that tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It's about saving the health of a nation.

- 2012 Sundance Film Festival

- WINNER 2012 Full Frame Film Festival Human Rights Award

- WINNER 2012 Silverdocs Film Festival Social Issue Award

- NOMINATED 2013 News & Documentary Emmy 

2009
HBO
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Directed by:

Amy Rice, Alicia Sams

Produced by:

Stuart Blumberg, Edward Norton 

Feature documentary about the campaign and election of Senator Barack Obama.

- NOMINATED 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special

2008
Oscilloscope Laboratories
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Directed by:

Adam Yauch

Produced by:

Jon Doran

On the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the concrete pavement, anchored on one side by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city, but this is the place where nicknames are indelibly branded, and legends are born. On Sept. 1, 2006, the top 24 high school basketball players in the nation stepped out on this court, that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J to compete in the first annual "Elite 24" all-star game

- 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

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