“In The Moment: The Art of Cinematography in Documentary Filmmaking”
Moderator: Hugo Perez (“Neither Memory Nor Magic,” “Lights Camera Uganda”)
Panelists: Alan Jacobsen (“Strong Island,” “Finding 52”) & Martina Radwan (“The Final Year,” “Inventing Tomorrow”)
Director of photography Alan Jacobsen photographs narrative and documentary projects with an authentic, natural eye and sensitive curiosity. Jacobsen’s most recent acclaim is for shooting director Yance Ford’s “Strong Island,” which was nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary and won the 2018 Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. “Strong Island” also won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and has received nominations for a raft of other accolades, including Best Documentary Film at both the Berlin International Film Festival and Black Reel Awards.
Jacobsen recently finished shooting “Finding 52” for Josh Zeman and Adrian Grenier. His films for two-time Oscar-nominated director Marshall Curry, “Racing Dreams” and “Point and Shoot,” both received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. Jacobsen earned a Best Cinematography Award nomination at Sundance Film Festival for his work on “Toe to Toe” with director Emily Abt. His other documentary credits include: “The Trials of Daryl Hunt,” which was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury, Independent Spirit, International Documentary Association and Emmy awards; HBO’s Emmy-nominated “Journalist and the Jihadi”; and “Election Day,” which was broadcast on “POV.”
Martina Radwan, a native German, based in NYC for over twenty years, has been the cinematographer for award-winning documentaries and features for over a decade.
Her most recently award-winning documentaries include Inventing Tomorrow, “The Final Year,” “The Family I Had,” “The Eagle Huntress,” “The Promised Band,” and “Chicken People. ” The 2012 Academy winner for Best Documentary Short and 2013 Emmy winner for Best Documentary “Saving Face” by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, earned her a 2013 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary and Long Form. She also shot the “Missing People,” “Through A Lens Darkly,” “Watchers of the Sky,” “Hot Coffee,” “WIlliam Kunstker: Disturbing The Universe,” “Beautiful Darling,” as well as “Ferry Tales,” a 2004 Academy Award nominee, directed by Katja Esson.
Her narrative work includes “Under Construction,” by Rubaiyat Hossein, the first female Bangladeshi director, “The Killing Floor,” a thriller produced by Doug Liman and Avi Arad and the horror film “Train,” a Millennium Films production, both directed by Gideon Raff; “Singapore Dreaming,” one of the first Singaporean feature productions and the winner of several international awards; “Rain,” the first indigenous film of the Bahamas, by Maria Govan; and “Flanel Pajamas,” by Jeff Lipsky. She was also an additional camera operator for the film “RBG.” In 2018, Radwan became a member of the Academy.
Radwan is currently working on her first feature-length documentary as director/producer.
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