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Crafting Visual Intensity

Crafting Visual Intensity

Feb 13th 2008
Ellen Kuras, Rajendra Roy
Ellen Kuras has a way of seeing that takes an image to its outer limits. In her years as documentary cameraperson and director of photography, she has developed a visual sen­sitivity­ and expertise that resulted in her winning the Sundance Film Festival Jury Award and Eastman Kodak ­Documentary Cinematography Focus Award in 1999 for Samsara by Ellen Bruno, Best Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992 for Tom Kalin‘s Swoon and in 1995 for Rebecca­ Miller‘s Angela. Her other films include Lou Reed’s Berlin, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and I Shot Andy Warhol. Two of her latest projects, Be Kind Rewind and Shine a Light will enjoy their world premieres at the Berlinale 2008. “I truly believe that every movie has a unique look and my mission as a cinematographer is to create the look the director and producer are trying to portray through the written word,“ she says. “It is magical to be at the point in the creative process where the printed page comes to life through light in the physical world.“ In her master class, this gifted director of photography, Ellen Kuras, will give insight into her methods of creating a story’s visual world using lighting and other tools of her craft which ­substantiate her uncommon vision.

Ellen Kuras

Cinematographer, she has a vast portfolio of films ­including SHINE A LIGHT and BE KIND REWIND which ­celebrated their international premieres at the 2008 Berlinale. She also wrote, directed, shot and produced the documentary THE BETRAYAL.

Rajendra Roy

Rajendra Roy is the chief curator of film at MoMA New York, where he manages a collection of over 30,000 works and has created exhibitions on Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders and Julia Reichert. He co-authored the book “The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule”. He is co-chair of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films, presented with the Lincoln Center Film Society. Previously, he was artistic director and programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival and a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee.
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