In an honor that combines artistic and female achievement, The High Falls Film Festival will present DP Nancy Schreiber with its Susan B. Anthony “Failure is Impossible” Award in recognition of her contributions to the art of filmmaking as one of the few female cinematographers working today in film and television.
The event, which will unfold in Rochester, N.Y., on Nov. 2 – 6, was founded in 2001 in the home city of Eastman Kodak, which pioneered film technology, and also of women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony. It celebrates women working behind the camera and makes special mention of women who have persevered in the face of adversity.
Based in both New York and Los Angeles, Schreiber was the fourth woman ever voted into membership at the American Society of Cinematographers and was recently the recipient of the President’s Award from the ASC, the first woman ever to receive this honor.
It is estimated that females represent only 3% of cinematographers working today.
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Schreiber has compiled over 130 credits over three decades, including narrative film and television as well as music videos, commercials and documentaries. Titles include FX series “Better Things”; HBO’s “The Comeback”; and the films “Your Friends and Neighbors,” with Ben Stiller; “Loverboy,” directed by Kevin Bacon, with Kyra Sedgwick, Sandra Bullock, and Marissa Tomei; “The Nines,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy; and “November,” starring Courteney Cox.
Schreiber was on Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch list before taking home the Best Cinematography award at Sundance. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, an Independent Spirit Award, and was presented with the Women In Film Crystal/Kodak Vision Award. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The award will be presented on Nov. 2 in Rochester