Presented by Foto Care Rentals, made possible by Fujifilm.

The focus for this event on 9/28 will be Documentary Cinematography. Award-winning DPs will take us behind-the-scenes of shooting their latest projects. The event will also offer an opportunity for the NYC documentary community to network with their peers over local food & drinks.


Martina Radwan | DP (The Final Year, Inventing Tomorrow)

Wolfgang Held, ASC | DP (The Andy Warhol Diaries, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind)


David Leitner | Producer, Director and DP (For All Mankind, Particle Fever)


6:00 – 7:00 | Check-in & enjoy light refreshments

7:00 – 8:15 | Presentation & Documentary Panel Discussion

8:15 – 9:00 | Networking Mixer

Event Raffle:

(1) “Shot Craft” Book by Jay Holben, ASC

(1) Digital Cinema Society “Lifetime Membership” (valued at $300)

(1) ShotDeck 1-Year Subscription (valued at $150)

(1) FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI EVO Hybrid Instant Camera, Brown + Film (retail value: $220)

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David Leitner | Producer, Director and DP 

 David Leitner is an Oscar-nominated producer, director, and Emmy-nominated cinematographer with over a hundred credits in full-length dramas and documentaries including eight Sundance premieres. He is also a long-time contributing editor (Millimeter, Filmmaker) and industry consultant on camera design and film scanning. As Director of New Technology at legendary DuArt Film & Video in the early 1980s, he played a key role in the introduction of Super 16 and created innovations in liquid-gate optical printing, cine lens testing, and film-to-tape transfer. He remains an active D.P. and currently serves as a board member of IndieCollect and a Fellow of the SMPTE.

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Wolfgang Held, ASC | Director of Photography

 Wolfgang has been the cinematographer of over 100 films, which have premiered at all the major international film festivals, won many awards and been nominated for Academy Awards twice, with one win for Marshall Curry’s short The Neighbors Window. Individually he has won eight cinematography awards, including a Primetime Emmy. His cinematography has been singled out by the New York Times as“lushly sensual” and as having “the same penetrating vision of adolescence found in the photographs of Nan Goldin and Sally Mann.” Held spent months on the road with Sacha Baron Cohen as DP on his film Brüno. He has photographed films for directors Ron Howard, Alex Gibney, Larry Charles, Matt Heineman, Liz Garbus, Sam Pollard, Joe Berlinger, Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgan and Gary Winick. Throughout his career he has made films with his wife Pola Rapaport. In 2013 he co-founded the Kamera Kollektiv New York City, a group of like-minded camerawomen and cameramen who share a passion for cinematic, social-justice inspired documentaries. He became a member of the ASC in 2022 and has been nominated for an ASC award for the documentary This Stolen Country of Mine the same year.

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Martina Radwan | Director of Photography

Martina, a German/Syrian, award-winning filmmaker, based in New York City for over 20 years. She started her career in her native Berlin, working as an assistant with Robby Muller and Judith Kaufmann. After moving to New York, she built a career as a Director of Photography for fiction film and documentary. SAVING FACE, the 2012 Academy Award Winner for Short Documentary and Emmy winner, earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in 2013. Her recent work includes FOOD AND COUNTRY, BOYS STATE, INVENTING TOMORROW, THE FINAL YEAR, THE PROMISED BAND, THROUGH THE LENS DARKLY and HOT COFFEE. Her narrative features include UNDER CONSTRUCTION (the first female directed feature in Bangladesh), RAIN (the first female directed Bahamian feature), Gideon Raff’s American films TRAIN and THE KILLING FLOOR, as well as the award-winning SINGAPORE DREAMING. Her directorial debut short film SPRING IN AWE won the Media Awareness Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival in 2004 and the Best Editing Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival and was part of PBS’ New York Reel the same year. Her second film ALIENS AMONG US played theatrically at IDA’s DocuWeek, 2009 and at numerous festivals. Her first feature-length doc, TOMORROW, TOMORROW, TOMORROW, will premiere in the fall of 2023. Martina Radwan is a member of the Academy, Documentary Branch and BAFTA.

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Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.