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Tim Orr is a North Carolina native who studied cinematography at the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his first feature as cinematographer, George Washington, which was directed by his classmate David Gordon Green.
He subsequently shot Peter Sollett’s award-winning Raising Victor Vargas, starring Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, and Melonie Diaz, before reuniting with Mr. Gordon Green to film All the Real Girls, which starred Zooey Deschanel and Paul Schneider and which won two Special Jury Prizes at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. He was soon again an Independent Spirit Award nominee, for his cinematography of Mark Milgard’s Dandelion, starring Vincent Kartheiser and Taryn Manning. Mr. Orr then spent several years in New York working on movies and commercials, before relocating to Los Angeles in the spring of 2006.
Among his other features as director of photography are Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett’s Little Manhattan, starring Josh Hutcherson and Charlie Ray; Joey Lauren Adams’ Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd; Mike White’s Year of the Dog, starring Molly Shannon; Clark Gregg’s Choke, starring Sam Rockwell; Bart Freundlich’s Trust the Man; Dan Harris’ Imaginary Heroes; Shane Dax Taylor’s Bloodworth; George Ratliff’s Salvation Boulevard; and Douglas McGrath’s documentary His Way, starring Jerry Weintraub.
He has encored as the cinematographer on all of David Gordon Green’s movies, including Undertow, Snow Angels, Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter. For Jody Hill, another classmate from North Carolina, he shot the feature Observe and Report. The three of them collaborated with their classmates Ben Best and Danny McBride on the cult television series Eastbound & Down; Mr. Orr was director of photography on the first of the show’s three seasons.