Laela Kilbourn

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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 and the award-winning shorts CRABS IN A BARREL, JUNE WEDDINGS, BAR TALK, and HIC!. She was camera operator on Hulu's CASTLE ROCK, Amazon's JACK RYAN, the FX series THE AMERICANS, HBO’s DIVORCE, and the upcoming  HBOMax series JULIA. 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, 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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English, Italian
U.S. (East Coast)
Documentary, Episodic, Narrative