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Judy Irola, ASC 
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About Judy Irola, ASC
Cinematographer
  
Judy Irola was born into a family of Basque sheepherders in Fresno, California, in 1943. She spent her college years serving in the Peace Corps in Niger, Africa, where she worked in Public Health. Upon returning to the United States in 1968, she joined the documentary film unit at KQED, the public television station in San Francisco.

In 1972 she was invited into an all-male film collective in San Francisco, Cine Manifest. in 1979 the first narrative feature Irola photographed, Northern Lights, produced and directed by John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, also members of Cine Manifest, won the Camera D’or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. in 1993 another feature, An Ambush of Ghosts, directed by Everett Lewis, took the cinematography prize, dramatic competition, at the Sundance film festival. she has photographed sixteen independent feature films, a television series for NBC, numerous movies of the week for many of the networks, and over 40 documentaries.

Her numerous documentary credits include: The Glamorous Days of The Adlon Hotel, (First Prize Bavarian Film Festival) directed by Percy Adlon; The Man Who Tried To Buy Hollywood: Giancarlo Parretti, (First Prize Venice Film Festival) directed by Jean-Pierre Moscardo; and Saturday Night Live eight films for Schiller’s Reel , including La Dolce Gilda. She has shot independent documentaries in Brazil, Grenada, Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, the USSR, France, Denmark, Italy, England, Poland, Mozambique, Kenya, and throughout the United States.

In 1995 Irola was the third woman to be invited to become a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In 1997 she was the recipient of Kodak’s Vision Award. Presently she is a tenured professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and holds the Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography (endowed by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg). She is also the head of the cinematography program where she designs the curriculum and supervises 26 cinematographers on the faculty.

Cine Manifest a feature length documentary, was Irola’s first project as Producer/Director. In 2005 she was the recipient of the James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund (USC) grant for this project and the film screened at numerous national and international film festivals in 2006.

Irola completed principal photography on her second adventure as Producer/Director on Niger ’66: A Peace Corps Diary in late 2008 after videotaping 25 former volunteers and documenting a three-week trip back to Niger with five volunteers from her group
(1966-68) visiting their former villages.

www.cinemanifest.com

www.niger66.com





 
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