Ellen Kuras

Director of photography, Director, Associate producer
A director of photography whose stylized work has become the standard for documentaries of late and who has demonstrated a keen lyric and oft impressionistic feel, Ellen Kuras has been a working cinematographer since ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1959 in New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (54)

A Little Chaos 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

(Photography)

Public Speaking 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Public Speaking 2011 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

(Photography)

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lou Reed's Berlin 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Lou Reed's Berlin 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Shine a Light 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Betrayal 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

("Renee" and "No Problem") (Director of Photography)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Analyze That 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Asylum 2002 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Jim Brown: All American 2002 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Huey P. Newton Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Blow 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cash Crop 1999 (Movie)

aerial photography (Photography)

Just the Ticket 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

director of photography/operator(Chicago crew) (Director of Photography)

4 Little Girls 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Poverty Outlaw 1997 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Scratch the Surface 1997 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Angela 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Signal to Noise: Life With Television 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Camera

Postcards from America 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith 1995 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Women Outside 1995 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Unzipped 1995 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Romance de Valencia 1994 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Shvitz 1993 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shattered Lullabies 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Cinematographer

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Heart of the Matter 1992 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Danger: Kids at Work 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

(Video)

Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia 1988 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful (TV Show)

Photography
Actor (4)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor
Sound (1)

The Betrayal 2008 (Movie)

(Sound Recordist)
Production Management (1)

Histoires d'Amerique 1989 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Writer (1)

The Betrayal 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Betrayal 2008 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Betrayal 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A director of photography whose stylized work has become the standard for documentaries of late and who has demonstrated a keen lyric and oft impressionistic feel, Ellen Kuras has been a working cinematographer since 1987, dividing her time between documentaries and features, most of the latter independents. She is known for her intense work style, her insistence on interpreting the event in each scene through her camera and her use of grainy film stocks.

EDUCATION

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence , Rhode Island
Took a life-changing photography course

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island
(Egyptology)

Milestones

2008

Co-directed and co-wrote the documentary "The Betrayal" with Thavisouk Phrasavath; earned Independent Spirit and Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary

2006

Shot the Martin Scorsese documentary "Shine a Light" about The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour

2005

Once again teamed with Miller for "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"

2004

Shot Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

2002

Re-teamed with director Rebecca Miller for "Personal Velocity"

2000

Shot "Bamboozled" for Lee

1999

Re-teamed with Lee for "Summer of Sam"

1997

Shot Spike Lee's documentary "Four Little Girls"

1996

Served as director of photography for "1952" segment of the HBO TV-movie "If These Walls Could Talk"

1996

Was cinematographer on Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"

1995

First collaboration with Rebecca Miller, "Angela"

1994

Nominated for an Emmy for "A Century of Women" (TNT)

1993

Was cinematographer for Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California"

1992

Shot first feature film, "Swoon" by director Tom Kalin

1991

First TV project as director of photography, "Danger: Kids at Work" (Lifetime)

1988

Served as assistant director on "Histoires d'Amerique"

1987

Director of photography for first documentary, "Samasara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia" (released in 1989)

Raised in suburban New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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"Being a DP has to do with leadership. Because the director often deals with the actors, who have to deal with the production designer and the whole crew. That's why women haven't had a lot of opportunities in the studio environment - because they have to be leaders of these old-boy networks. My sports experience helped me with that. I was captain on the softball, basketball, and field hockey teams. I now give seminars whenever I can so that women will overcome these feelings that they can't be technologically proficient." - Kuras in the Village Voice, Aug. 15, 1995

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"When I look in through the viewfinder, all of a sudden I'm in a different world, [one] that is very intriguing and very safe. Even when I'm in a dangerous situation or a potentially stomach-bending one, like and operation in a hospital, there's a certain kind of distance but also a certain kind of closeness. It's just a different way of interacting with the world." - Kuras in The Hollywood Reporter, March 19, 1996

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