Lenser nabs Kodak Vision nod for being an inspiration to femme filmmakers

Documentary filmmaker Joan Churchill has been named as winner of this year’s Kodak Vision Award for cinematography by Women in Film.

The organization will present the honor Sept. 8 at its seventh annual Lucy Awards for Innovation in Television luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The award is presented annually to a woman cinematographer in TV who is a source of inspiration for other women filmmakers.

“Joan Churchill is compiling an important body of work as a director and cinematographer,” said Hollace Davids, prexy of Women in Film. “She has made significant contributions to many films which are already regarded as classics. Joan is also an outstanding teacher and a source of hope and inspiration for women filmmakers with unrealized dreams.”

Churchill’s father was founder of Churchill Films, a producer of educational films and documentaries, and she began her career in the late 1960s by editing documentaries. She earned her first cinematography credit for “Punishment Park,” and then worked with the Maysles Brothers on “Gimme Shelter” and with Haskell Wexler and Barbara Kopple on “No Nukes.”

Other credits include “Jimi Plays Berkeley,” “An American Family,” “Juvenile Liaison,” “Tatooed Tears,” “Soldier Girls,” “Lily Tomlin,” “One Generation More,” “Asylum,” “Arrested Development in the House,” “L.A. Race” and “An American Campaign.”

Churchill frequently plays a dual role of director/cinematographer, and collaborates as a camerawoman with other directors. She is working on several projects, including a documentary that re-visits a Jewish family from Estonia who was the subject of her BBC documentary “One Generation More,” filmed 10 years ago.

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