Pioneering Women in Cinematography Award

Cine Gear Expo is giving a “Pioneering Women in Cinematography Award” this year on Friday June 1st as part of our Awards Party.

The Cine Gear Expo Industry Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, June 1, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Paramount Theater and Paseo Grounds.

Awards will recognize individuals and manufacturers who have performed outstanding service and made significant contributions to advancing the art and craft of filmmaking.

The Film Competition Awards will also be announced at this event.

The Pioneering Women in Cinematography Award Recipients that we are honoring are:
Ellen M. Kuras, ASC
Reed Morano, ASC
Nancy Schreiber, ASC
Amy Vincent, ASC
Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS
Cynthia Pusheck, ASC

Ellen M. Kuras, ASC

Academy Award-nominee Ellen Kuras is a director/cinematographer whose visionary and bold, eclectic work has made a significant mark in cinema. As one of the original women cinematographers in the ASC, she has been widely regarded as a pioneer for all filmmakers, moving easily between the studio and independent film worlds with a repertoire that includes narrative, documentary, music films and commercials.

As director and cinematographer, she has received many awards, beginning from a Student Academy Award for her first film as a cinematographer in 1990. For her first film as a director on The Betrayal/ Nerakhoon, she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Spirit Award and won the Primetime Emmy.

Well-known for her visually stunning work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and Blow (2001), she is the unprecedented three- time winner of the Best Dramatic Cinematography at Sundance. She has also won the Eastman Kodak Focus Award, Women in Film Kodak Vision Award and has been nominated numerous times for the Emmys and the Independent Spirit Awards. She was the first cinematographer to receive a Gotham Award for her entire body of work.

Ellen has collaborated with directors such as Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sam Mendes, Jim Jarmusch, Errol Morris and Rebecca Miller. With Steve Zaillian, she worked on HBO’s The Night Of and with Martin Scorsese on the pilot of Vinyl as a second unit director/cinematographer.

After her TV directorial debut on USA Network's Falling Water, she immediately went on to direct episodes 7 and 8 of the Netflix Original show Ozark starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. She was then asked to direct an episode of Legion with Noah Hawley and just recently finished directing two episodes of the AMC show The Son and two episodes of the new series Umbrella Academy for Netflix. She is currently directing 2 episodes of Catch 22, a HULU limited series also being directed by Grant Heslov and George Clooney.

Ellen has also been honored in special artist retrospectives at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Walker Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and has served as a grand jury member for various films festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and international jury of the Berlin Film Festival.

A member of the Academy since 1997, she was the fifth woman to be invited into the American Society of Cinematographers in 1999.

Reed Morano, ASC

REED MORANO recently won both the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series and the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for The Handmaid’s Tale.

She is the first woman to win an Emmy in the Drama Series category in 22 years, and made history as the first woman to ever win both the Emmy and the DGA award for the same body of work in Dramatic Series. The show received 13 Emmy nominations and 8 wins in total including Outstanding Drama Series which was the first time ever for a streaming network.

Vanity Fair named Reed one of six TV Power Players to Watch in 2017. Following its release, Indiewire ranked The Handmaid's Tale on the 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century.

Reed’s latest feature film I Think We’re Alone Now starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning, won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it debuted in the Dramatic Competition. The film also was awarded the prestigious Dolby Atmos grant.

Reed is a distinctive director who began filmmaking as a cinematographer and often acts as her own cinematographer while directing her feature work. This is the case with her latest I Think We’re Alone Now and her directorial feature debut Meadowland starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson which earned Reed an Independent Spirit Award nomination for cinematography and also landed her on Indiewire’s 20 Best Breakthrough Directors of 2015. The critically acclaimed film premiered in competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

Reed was honored with the 2011 Kodak Vision award for cinematography at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy awards, and in past years has been named one of Variety's "10 Cinematographers to Watch", one of ioncinema.com's "American New Wave 25", and one of five innovative cinematographers in ICG Magazine's "Generation Next" Spotlight. In 2012, Reed's work was featured in Indiewire's "On the Rise '12: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens in Recent Years." and "Heroines of Cinema: An A-Z of Women in Film in 2012." Some of Reed's thoughts on the digital revolution and how it has affected filmmaking are featured in Keanu Reeves' acclaimed documentary Side by Side. She was also honored to be featured in Kodak's long-running on film series.

In 2013, Reed was inducted into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers as the youngest member as well as 1 out of only 12 female cinematographer members at the time.

In 2015, Reed was honored at the Fusion Film Festival and named their 2015 Woman of the Year. In 2017, Reed was also Emmy nominated for her cinematography on the pilot of Divorce for HBO.

Reed is currently directing The Rhythm Section, a global espionage thriller starring Blake Lively and Jude Law produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for Paramount Pictures.

Nancy Schreiber, ASC

Nancy Schreiber ASC is an award-winning cinematographer based in both New York and Los Angeles.

She was the fourth woman ever voted into membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, and recently received the 2017 ASC President’s Award , the first woman to receive this honor. Also in 2017 Schreiber was awarded the “Susan B Anthony Award: Failure is Impossible,” presented at the High Falls Film Festival.

Schreiber was winner of the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance for November. She also shared Best Cinematography at Sundance for My America...Or Honk If You Love Buddah and garnered an Emmy nomination for HBO’s "Celluloid Closet." Schreiber was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Chain of Desire, was recognized by Variety as one of 10 DPs to watch, and received a Women in Film/ Kodak Crystal award.

Schreiber recently completed Ondi Timoner’s scripted period film Mapplethorpe starring Matt Smith. Her other narrative work includes Your Friends and Neighbors, Motherhood, Miss Virginia, and The Nines with Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy.

Schreiber’s television work has been seen on HBO’s The Comeback, USA’s In Plain Sight, ABC’s The Family with Joan Allen and the FX show Better Things staring Pamela Adlon. Schreiber taught advanced cinematography at the American Film Institute in 2010-2011 and has guest lectured at film schools around the world.

She also served on the ASC board for seven years, was on New York and Los Angeles Women in Film Boards, and served as an advisor at the Sundance Institute Directors Lab.

Schreiber is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Amy Vincent, ASC

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Vincent entered the Film industry as an assistant editor, and made the move to the camera department, working her way up as an assistant and operator, and never looked back.

She was the recipient of the Women in Film Kodak Vision award in 2001 and accepted into the American Society of Cinematographers in 2002. In 2004, Vincent received an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A year later her work on 'Hustle and Flow' won the Sundance Film Festival award for cinematography.

Her feature credits include Black Snake Moan,' 'Hustle and Flow,' and the 2011 remake of ‘Footloose' for director Craig Brewer, director Paul Scheuring’s 'The Experiment,' and 'Eve’s Bayou' for director Kasi Lemmons, which received a Golden Satellite nomination for Best Cinematography.

In addition to her feature credits, Vincent has photographed numerous television pilots including 'Eastbound and Down', 'Wayward Pines,' 'Downward Dog,’ and ‘Upload.'

She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the ASC, and is a devoted educator, teaching at various film schools across the country.

Miss Vincent lives near the ocean with her two big dogs, and when not shooting, she can often be found hiking in the Santa Monica mountains.


Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS

Even as a teenager in Australia, Mandy Walker ASC,ACS knew she wanted to be a cinematographer. Starting her film career as a runner at age 18, Walker shot her first film as director of photography at just 25. Since then her skills have been in great demand by directors all over the world, and has received international recognition and numerous awards for her beautiful cinematography.

Her feature credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-nominated Australia for which she won a Satellite Award, the Hollywood Cinematographer of the Year Award, and the Women in Film Kodak Vision Award in 2008; Shattered Glass for director Billy Ray, which earned her a nomination for best cinematography at the Independent Spirit Awards; Love Serenade directed by Shirley Barrett, which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Tracks directed by John Curran; Truth directed by James Vanderbilt; Hidden Figures for director Theodore Melfi; and The Mountain Between Us for director Hany Abu-Assad. She is currently in pre-production on Disney's live action Mulan for director Niki Caro.

Mandy is also one of the Governors for the Cinematographers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the first woman ever in that position.

She also shot many commercials including two of the glamorous Chanel No.5 mini films directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Walker is widely regarded for her passion, and an understanding of how cinematography can capture and convey to an audience the most essential aspects of storytelling. She is currently based in Los Angeles.

Cynthia Pusheck, ASC

Cynthia is originally from Rockford Illinois where the idea of working in “film” or “TV” wasn’t something anyone ever imagined as a career choice. Luckily she moved into the nearby city of Chicago and began studying at Columbia College where she discovered film production and was hooked.

After moving to LA, Cynthia worked as a camera assistant on features, commercials, and countless other projects. She also began to specialize in underwater work, mainly assisting DP Pete Romano, ASC.

After attending the AFI for Cinematography, she started working her way up the ranks from operator to DP, shooting everything she could from shorts to documentaries, commercials, and indie features.

In both 1999 and 2002 the ICG honored Cynthia in their yearly “Emerging Cinematographer Showcase” for her work on two different short films. Also in 1999, Variety selected her as one of “Fifty to Watch” in their yearly article on up and coming creative talent in Hollywood.

In 2010 “Women in Film” honored Cynthia with the “Kodak Vision Award”. And in 2013 she became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers where she has served as a third VP and also as Co-Chair of the ASC Vision Committee which works to address inclusion and diversity issues.

Cynthia’s television cinematography credits include Close to Home, Brothers and Sisters, Revenge, Good Girls Revolt, The Bold Type, and Sacred Lies.