Ellen Kuras

In order to understand why Ellen Kuras is so freaking cool, you need to understand her frequently misunderstood job title: cinematographer. What, you might ask, do cinematographers do? The simple answer is a whole lot of stuff that ultimately determines how a film looks as a finished product. They pick the type of film, figure out the lighting, and decide on filters and lenses. It's a pretty significant role on a film set, even if many moviegoers couldn't name a cinematographer to save their life. Kuras, who is discussing her career as part of the Walker's "Filmmakers in Conversation" series, has worked with Spike Lee on Summer of Sam, 4 Little Girls, and Bamboozled, and Michel Gondry on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind. But in addition to working on blockbusters with Hollywood bigwigs, Kuras is also the preeminent mind behind shooting hit concert films including Neil Young: Heart of Gold and the Martin Scorsese-directed No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones film Shine a Light. In conjunction with her appearance, the Walker will screen Kuras's film Swoon at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 17; The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 18; and I Shot Andy Warhol and Berlin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 19. (Pictured: Swoon)
Sat., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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