Director of photography Laela Kilbourn has accumulated documentary feature credits including Best Cinematography award winner SWIM TEAM, and seven Sundance Film Festival competition premieres, such as DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award winner THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY, Peabody Award winning HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, and Emmy nominated WORD WARS. She also shot SYNC OR SWIM, winner of the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women's Sports Foundation, and filmed History's eleven part docuseries SANDHOGS. Her narrative work includes the feature DEATH OF A FOOL, the comedy PARK SLOPE MOMS, and the award-winning short films JUNE WEDDINGS, BAR TALK, and HIC! OPEN A DOOR IN THE USA. She was camera operator on Hulu's CASTLE ROCK, Amazon's JACK RYAN, the FX series THE AMERICANS, and HBO’s DIVORCE. Laela was profiled in the ICG Magazine feature "Generation Next” and in Indiewire’s "8 More Female Cinematographers You Should Know About”. She has worked on projects for HBO, FX, NBC, PBS, Netflix, Hulu, Epix, Amazon, AMC, A&E, TBS, Nick Jr., NickMom, ESPN, History, MTV, VH1, WeTV, Trio, TruTV, and TVOne. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 600, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards), and New York Women in Film & Television, Laela has served as a panelist on cinematography at the Canon Creative Studio and DOC NYC PRO, as a juror for the Brooklyn International Film Festival, and as a guest speaker at The New School. She has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University.
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