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Erich Roland

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Cinematography (feature film)

Waiting for 'Superman' (2010)
A look at public education in the United States as told through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students.
It Might Get Loud (2009)
The history of the electric guitar as seen from the point of view of three significant musicians: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's The Edge and the White Stripes' Jack White. It tells the personal stories, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos. It reveals how each developed his unique sou
Steep (2007)
The story of big mountain skiing, a sport that barely existed 35 years ago. It started in the 1970s in the mountains above Chamonix, France, where skiers began to attempt ski descents so extreme that they appeared almost suicidal. Men like Anselme Baud and Patrick Vallencant were inspired by the cha
Ballad of Bering Strait, The (2003) as Cinematographer
A cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who have come to America to become country music stars. The shooting of the film began in July 1999 when the band, Bering Strait, entered the United States and began recording their first album in Nashville. The film documents the band respondin
Dick (1999) as Steadicam Operator (Washington Dc)
After taking a wrong turn on a White House tour, teens Betsy Jobs and Arlene Lorenzo stumble across a room packed full of presidential secrets. In an effort to find out exactly what the girls know, Richard Nixon himself appoints them as official White House dog walkers. Suddenly and accidentally, the two girls are swept up in the political intrigue of the world''s most famous break-in: Watergate. As the clueless duo are plunged deeper into their Washington adventure, not even all the President''s men can stop Betsy and Arlene from unwittingly changing the course of history.
Original Diner Guys (1999) as Cinematographer
Part home movie, part hommage, Barry Levinson takes a retrospective look at the men who inspired his 1982 film 'Diner.' A small circle of working-class, mostly Jewish friends who grew up together in 1950s Baltimore, Levinson follows this group over the course of six years.
Double Jeopardy (1999) as Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)
A woman is set up to take the fall for her husband''s murder. After serving prison time, she is released to discover that her husband''s death was faked and her son is missing and had been put up for adoption. With the help of her parole officer, she goes on the search for her son and for her husband, but with the idea to kill the latter, knowing that to try her again for murder would constitute double jeopardy.
Newton Boys, The (1998) as Steadicam Operator
Over the course of five years (1919-1924) the Newton Boys, a group of brothers, were the most successful bank and train robbers in North America, traveling from Texas to Toronto without ever firing a fatal gunshot. Willis Newton is the eldest brother who is determined to improve the fortunes of the
Hush (1998) as Camera Operator
Helen has married the man of her dreams in Jackson Baring, a young professional on Wall Street. When Jackson takes her home to the family estate, Kilronan, she is overcome by the grand majesty of the place. There to meet her is Jackson's mother, Martha, who has held the estate together since her hus
Newton Boys, The (1998) as 2nd Unit Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)
Over the course of five years (1919-1924) the Newton Boys, a group of brothers, were the most successful bank and train robbers in North America, traveling from Texas to Toronto without ever firing a fatal gunshot. Willis Newton is the eldest brother who is determined to improve the fortunes of the
Murder at 1600 (1997) as B-Camera Operator (Washington Dc Unit)
A Washington D.C. cop investigates a murder in the White House and draws the ire of the Secret Service when members of the First Family become suspects.
Last Dance (1996) as Cameraman (2nd Unit)
Undeniably guilty of a heinous crime, convicted killer Cindy Liggett has been sitting on Death Row in the state penitentiary for 12 years--waiting--for her much delayed date with the executioner. Now, after numerous stays from the Governor, and false hopes for her future, Cindy is finally ready to face the inevitable. But as the clock ticks on, and her days dwindle down, the one thing she is not prepared for is the unexpected relationship she develops with Rick Hayes, a novice bureaucrat from the Clemency Board who becomes convinced that misjudgments in Cindy''s original defense trial led to an unjust sentence. A neophyte attorney assigned to merely review the Liggett case, Rick determines that while she definitely deserves to be in prison, the extenuating circumstances of her crime do not dictate that she be put to death. With no time to spare, and against seemingly insurmountable political odds, Rick devotes himself to the cause of saving Cindy''s life with a commuted sentence.
Diabolique (1996) as 2nd Unit Director Of Photography/Steadicam (2nd Unit)
Nicole and Mia are two very different women, but they have something in common. Both of them are sleeping with Guy Baran--and both of them are sick of his domination in their lives. Nicole is Guy''s mistress. Sexy and self-assured, she was first drawn to Guy''s magnetism--and then disgusted by his lies and selfishness. Mia is Guy''s wife. A timid former nun with a weak heart, she is nearly suicidal over Guy''s blatant infidelities, his constant cruel humiliation of her and his arrogant sexual demands. Then one day Nicole and Mia decide to free themselves from Guy''s sadistic embrace once and for all. Nicole devises a murder scheme that seems foolproof, but in its aftermath Nicole and Mia each discover things about Guy--and about each other--that they''d never imagined. Then a brash, unconventional detective starts looking into Guy''s disappearance. Finally, a terrifying series of clues begin to suggest that Guy may not be dead after all... and he may be coming back to deal with both of them.
Serial Mom (1994) as Steadicam Operator
Story about an upper-middle class suburban mother serial killer.
Silent Fall (1994) as Camera Operator
A psychiatrist's passion for his work is renewed when he takes on a criminal case involving an autistic boy who was the sole witness to his parents' murder.
Guarding Tess (1994) as Camera Operator
An obsessive man is hired to guard a cantankerous former First Lady.
Rich in Love (1992) as Camera Operator
A 17-year-old high school girl from the South deals with her parents' sudden divorce.
Deep Blues (1991) as Cinematographer
A profile of the traditional blues musicians of the Mississippi Delta region.
Elliot Fauman, Ph.D (1990) as Steadicam Operator
In the course of research, a nerdy psychology teacher falls for a beautiful actress disguised as a streetwalker.
On the Block (1990) as Director Of Photography
A stripper and a vice squad lieutenant become romantically involved in this contemporary drama set in the adult entertainment zone in 1980s Baltimore, Maryland.
Elliot Fauman, Ph.D (1990) as Director Of Photography
In the course of research, a nerdy psychology teacher falls for a beautiful actress disguised as a streetwalker.
Her Alibi (1989) as Steadicam Operator
A writer becomes involved with a beautiful murder suspect.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) as Camera Operator
When she''''s forced to hire a driver, a southern matron questions her assumptions about race.
Ralph Nader: Up Close (1989) as Cinematographer
A revealing and personal look at consumer advocate, Ralph Nader.
Entertaining the Troops (1989) as Director Of Photography
A salute to the Hollywood celebrities who entertained American combat troops at home and abroad during World War II.
Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture (1989) as Director Of Photography 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
Documentary examining dance traditions since 500AD on six Hawaiian islands.
Gospel According to Al Green (1984) as Cinematographer
Documentary portrait of gospel preacher and former soul singer Al Green.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1995) as Additional Photography
A portrait of Maya Lin, the designer of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Civil Rights Memorial, and other major public works of art. It tells the gripping story of how an unknown student was able to create, against great odds and intense political opposition, stunning memorials with profound impa

Cinematography (special)

Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives (2003) as Cinematographer (Library Of Congress)
Various African-American actors come together to read excerpts from first-hand accounts of slave life collected during the 1936-1938 Federal Writers' Project.
Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003) as Director Of Photography
Special featuring interviews, reenactments, and archival footage of American POWs, captured during World War II and put into Nazi prison camps.
Search For a Safe Cigarette (2001) as Camera
Can science make a "safer" cigarette? As new brands with reduced emissions enter the market, the program probes the controversial quest for a less-toxic smoke. Are these products the answer to smoking related illnesses or are they simply the latest marketing strategy to increase cigarette sales?
Panda Baby, The (2001) as Camera
The San Diego Zoo's Hua Mei is the first panda born in the United States to survive. Proud offspring of a collaboration between American and Chinese scientists, she is the first step toward bringing the giant panda back from the brink of extinction.
John Singer Sargent: Outside the Frame (2000) as Hd Steadicam Operator
Documentary guiding viewers through the largest and most comprehensive exposition of American painter John Singer Sargent's work -- the 1999 exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Inside the U.S Mint (2000) as Camera
Behind-the-scenes look at how coins are produced at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
Building Big (2000) as Cinematography ("Dams") ("Tunnels")
Documentary that features some of the planet's most spectacular structures, highlighting the engineering principles and human stories behind these achievements. Part 1 focuses on bridges, from the stone arch bridges of the Roman Empire, to Japan's giant all-steel Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge, th
John Brown's Holy War (2000) as Additional Cinematography
Documentary about John Brown, a man who, in the 1850s, embarked on a religious crusade against slavery that was based on religious faith -- yet carried out with shocking violence. His execution at Harpers Ferry, Virginia sparked a chain of events that led to the Civil War.
Stationed in the Stars (2000) as Cinematographer
On December 2, 1998, the space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from Cape Kennedy carrying the first stage of the world's most ambitious and expensive engineering venture of all time -- the International Space Station. The program looks at this mission, the risks and hazards of long-term operations in s
Skyscrapers: Going Up (2000) as Cinematographer
Documentary that travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a look at the 1476 foot-tall Petronas Towers; Las Vegas, Nevada, for a look at the construction of the Mandalay Bay Resort; and New York City for a "day in the life" of the Empire State Building.
Explosive Situations (2000) as Cinematographer
The program looks into the world of explosives, the science behind explosions and the eccentric community that creates them, from nuclear weapons designers to miners.
Tunnels: Digging In (2000) as Cinematographer
Documentary that examines the most dangerous branch of engineering -- the building of tunnels. The history of tunnel building is strewn with the bodies of workers who perished from drowning, disease or decompression, and while modern tools have made work a bit safer, nothing can remove all of the da
Urban Elephant (2000) as Additional Cinematography
Documentary that profiles eight different elephants, all of whom have lived in captivity, from circuses, to zoos, to hard labor. Highlights include a 52-year-old female that encounters other elephants for the first time in 25 years. The program underscores the intelligence and social complexity of t
Body Changers, The (2000) as Cinematographer
Documentary that probes the intriguing subject of physical transformation, a special ability many animals have developed for survival, reproduction, or both. The program explores a broad range of creatures with astonishing abilities, from the redwing blackbird, whose brain dramatically changes shape
Bridges: Reaching Out (2000) as Cinematographer
Documentary in which bridge designer David Goodyear highlights the trials and tribulations of bridge-building, while describing his work on a reinforced cement arch cantilevered over a 300-foot-deep gorge in the Oregon high plains. The program also depicts the perils confronting the engineers of Jap
Solar Blast (2000) as Cinematographer
Documentary that takes a look at the sun through solar imagery and animation. Filmed at Solar Max -- the peak of the sun's 11-year activity cycle -- the program captures the sun's fury during its most violent period, as well as the excitement and drive of the solar researchers witnessing it.
Why Riots Happen (2000) as Director Of Photography
Documentary that seeks to answer the questions: "Why do riots happen?" and "How do professionals train to deal with them?" The program focuses on the 1992 Los Angeles riot, but also examines the world of British soccer hooligans and the demonstrations for democracy in Tiananamen Square.
Free Speech For Sale: A Bill Moyers Special (1999) as Camera
Bill Moyers looks at wealthy industries that have used their access to the media to attempt to influence public opinion.
Inside the Inferno (1999) as Camera
Documentary about firefighters, including: the Carter family of Montgomery County, Maryland; a veteran firefighter in Chicago; and firefighters in Australia, Hong Kong, and Northern Ireland.
Stealing Time: The New Science of Aging (1999) as Cinematographer
Documentary that looks at the science of aging and the claim that the future may bring a doubling -- or tripling -- of the average life span of human beings.
Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999) as Cinematographer
Profile of artist Robert Rauschenberg, known for blurring the line between painting and sculpture with his multi-sided "combines."
American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation (1998) as Cinematographer
A look at bison, a once-important symbol of the wild West. Bison have been rescued from the brink of extinction and now thrive in Yellowstone National Park and on the Western plains.
Secret Life of Cats, The (1998) as Cinematography ("The Secret Life Of Cats")
Documentary highlights the wild side of domesticated cats. Other segments in this nature magazine show depict the lives of stray urban dogs and the interaction of man and wolves that have been newly introduced into the wild.
Brain Eater, The (1998) as Cinematographer
Special examines the strains of Mad Cow disease and possible causes of infection passed from cows to humans.
Dreams of Tibet (1997) as Camera
A look at the land of Tibet on the eve of Chinese premier Jiang Zemin's trip to Washington and the opening of Hollywood films focusing on Tibet. An exploration of the clash of values between American opinion of China's human rights record -- shaped by powerful forces in Hollywood -- and an uncompreh
Don Quixote (1997) as Director Of Photography
Documentary on Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote." In Spain's LaMancha region, re-creates the knight's adventures as he tilts at windmills and persists in righting imaginary wrongs. Features prominent people who find in the bumbling knight a source of courage and determination. Includes images of Sp
Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial (1996) as Director Of Photography
Documentary detailing the events surrounding the hearings held by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s and 1950s to investigate alleged Communist infiltration in Hollywood. Uses interviews, archival footage and clips from Hollywood films.
One Survivor Remembers (1995) as Director Of Photography
Documentary about Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann, who worked in a Nazi slave labor camp and marched 350 miles through freezing temperatures, until she was liberated at the end of World War II by a U.S. Army soldier whom she later married.
Out of Ireland (1995) as Director Of Photography
The history of Irish immigration to the United States beginning with the exodus from the famine-swept villages of 19th century Ireland to the industrialized cities of 20th century America.
Normandy: The Great Crusade (1994) as Director Of Photography
Documentary on the World War II invasion of Normandy by the Allies on June 6, 1944. Utilizes diaries, personal letters, home movies, snapshots, period music and vintage radio broadcasts and newsreels.
Art of War, The (1994) as Director Of Photography
Exploration of the ways in which "Sun Tzu Bing Fa" ("The Art of War") by Sun Tzu has been employed over the past 24 centuries and how it relates to East-West relations. Included are interviews with military professionals and business people.
Washington National Cathedral (1993) as Cinematographer
Examination of the Washington Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, commonly known as the Washington National Cathedral. Documentary includes a combination of contemporary and archival film footage, hymns and secular music, interviews with theologians and architectural experts, master craftsmen a
Happy Days Reunion, The (1992) as Remote Camera
A special featuring a reunion of the cast of "Happy Days," which aired on ABC from 1974 to 1984. Included are highlights from the series and personal recollections from the cast.
Search and Seizure: The Supreme Court and the Police (1992) as Director Of Photography
A special detailing the history of the Fourth Amendment. Historians, legal experts and law enforcement officials talk about the landmark Supreme Court cases on the search and seizure power of the police.
Masters of Illusion (1992) as Director Of Photography (Italy)
A documentary featuring a cinematic exploration of the birth of perspective during the Renaissance.
Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt (1989) as Additional Cinematography
A documentary that tells the stories of five people who died from AIDS and how their loved ones came to terms with their loss through participation in the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The huge quilt, made by friends and relatives of people who have died of AIDS, has traveled throughout the United States to

Film Production - Main (special)

Harvest of Fear (2001) as Principal Photography
An investigative look at the controversial advancements that biotech scientists have made in genetically altering food. A gene from a jellyfish is placed in a potato plant, making it light up whenever it needs watering. Rice plants are genetically transformed to produce vitamin A, preventing millio
Cracking the Code of Life (2001) as Principal Photography
In July 2000, scientists made an announcement that triggered front-page headlines around the globe. The goal of "reading" more than three billion chemical "letters" that make up a human DNA had been accomplished, and far more swiftly than anyone expected. It had been a neck-and-neck race between fed
What's Up With the Weather? (2000) as Principal Photography
Documentary that examines global warming by addressing the following questions: Does the release of greenhouse gases threaten the future of human life on the planet? According to many politicians and scientists, the answer is yes -- Earth is experiencing the first portents of a potential global cata
Panama Canal: The Eighth Wonder of the World (1998) as Additional Photography
Documentary tells the story of the Panama Canal, an engineering feat that joined the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to create a faster and improved international trade route. Features period film and still photos, public and private journals, newspaper accounts and detailed maps.
Mary Lincoln's Insanity File (1996) as Location Photography
Life of Mary Todd Lincoln through excerpts from her personal letters and diaries, and those of her family, friends, acquaintances and enemies, with particular emphasis to the period following the assassination of President Lincoln and her son's attempts to institutionalize her because of Mary Lincol
"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute (1995) as Photography
Documentary chronicling the 1985 recording of "We Are the World," to benefit African famine victims. Also includes footage of Harry Belafonte's fact-finding mission to see how the money could best be spent and how it has been spent.
Reynolds Price -- Clear Pictures (1995) as Photography
Life story of novelist Reynolds Price based on his memoir, "Clear Pictures." Weaves together family photographs and films, remembrances of friends, readings by the author, and footage of Price at work writing and teaching.
D-Day (1994) as Additional Photography
A documentary examining the Allied landing in Normandy during World War II.
War of the Worlds (1994) as Additional Photography
Documentary exploring H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds." The special uses insights of experts to paint a picture of the author, his times and the forces that drove the creation of his book and continue to keep it alive for readers today. Re-enactments and state-of-the-art computer graphics offer a uni
Frankenstein -- The Making of a Monster (1993) as Photography
Documentary on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." The special includes clips from many of Hollywood's renditions of the original story, interviews with Ann Rice and Shelley biographer Ann Mellor and explores the story's relevance today as society creates new monsters through genetics and politics.
Power of Water, The (1993) as Photography
Examines how fresh water affects the lives and livelihood of every American, particularly in five key areas: the Colorado river, the Ogallala aquifer, the Niagara and Buffalo Rivers in the Great Lakes region, Florida's Everglades, and the Columbia River.
Lincoln (1992) as Additional Photography
A two-part, four-hour documentary special about Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War as told in the words of people who figured importantly in his life. Uses the voices of an all-star cast.

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