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Also Known As: Ellen M Kuras Died:
Born: July 10, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Jersey, USA Profession: director of photography, director, electrician, associate producer

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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.

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.

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Raised in suburban New Jersey
1987:
Director of photography for first documentary, "Samasara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia" (released in 1989)
1988:
Served as assistant director on "Histoires d'Amerique"
1991:
First TV project as director of photography, "Danger: Kids at Work" (Lifetime)
1992:
Shot first feature film, "Swoon" by director Tom Kalin
1993:
Was cinematographer for Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California"
1994:
Nominated for an Emmy for "A Century of Women" (TNT)
1995:
First collaboration with Rebecca Miller, "Angela"
1996:
Was cinematographer on Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"
1996:
Served as director of photography for "1952" segment of the HBO TV-movie "If These Walls Could Talk"
1997:
Shot Spike Lee's documentary "Four Little Girls"
1999:
Re-teamed with Lee for "Summer of Sam"
2000:
Shot "Bamboozled" for Lee
2002:
Re-teamed with director Rebecca Miller for "Personal Velocity"
2004:
Shot Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
2005:
Once again teamed with Miller for "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"
2006:
Shot the Martin Scorsese documentary "Shine a Light" about The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour
2008:
Co-directed and co-wrote the documentary "The Betrayal" with Thavisouk Phrasavath; earned Independent Spirit and Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary
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Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island -
Rhode Island School of Design: Providence , Rhode Island -

Notes

"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." --Ellen Kuras in VILLAGE VOICE, August 15, 1995

"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 cerain 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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