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Ellen Kuras

Director of Photography

Ellen Kuras is the first cinematographer to have won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and the first to win the Best Dramatic Cinematography award at Sundance an unprecedented three times. She was first cited for her work on Ellen Bruno's documentary Samsara (which also brought her the Eastman Kodak Best Documentary Cinematography Focus Award, among other awards). For Best Dramatic Cinematography, she was honored for her (black-and-white) work on Tom Kalin's Swoon (which also brought her an Independent Spirit Award nomination), and for Rebecca Miller's Angela and Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (which also brought her an Independent Spirit Award nomination).

Ms. Kuras has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award, for her work on Spike Lee's 4 Little Girls and the documentary/miniseries A Century of Women.

She has collaborated several more times with Spike Lee, including on his features Summer of Sam and Bamboozled, his telefilm A Huey P. Newton Story, and his documentary Jim Brown All American. She has reteamed with Rebecca Miller on the upcoming feature Rose and the Snake (starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Camilla Belle) and shot segments of Jim Jarmusch's upcoming Coffee & Cigarettes. She was reunited with Tom Kalin on 30, a half-hour narrative film commissioned by Geoffrey Beene.

Ms. Kuras has also been the director of photography on such features as Ted Demme's Blow, Mary Harron's I Shot Andy Warhol, and Harold Ramis' Analyze That. Her earlier films include Steve McLean's Postcards from America, Jill Godmilow's Roy Cohn/Jack Smith, Douglas Keeve's Unzipped, Richard Wenk's Just the Ticket, and Scott Silver's The Mod Squad.

Her television credits include the original HBO feature If These Walls Could Talk, for which she was cinematographer on the segment directed by Nancy Savoca and starring Demi Moore.

In December 2003, Ms. Kuras was honored with the MUSE Award from New York Women in Film & Television. She is the first cinematographer to have been so honored. Three years prior, she received the Kodak VISION Award from Los Angeles Women in Film & Television.