newportFILM lab brings together emerging filmmakers for a weekend-long master class on documentary film cinematography.  In this intimate, focused environment, young cinematographers have time to reflect on their process, share their work with peers and receive mentorship and critiques from master class filmmakers and leaders in the industry.

Nelson Hume (director of photography/cinematographer: Long Strange Trip, The Dog Doc, Whitney, Solitary), Robb Moss (independent documentary filmmaker and Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University), Shana Hagan (director of photography: Generation Wealth and The Kingmaker), and other invited guests.

This year’s attendees included: Nausheen Dadaboy, Jessica Earnshaw, Lucas Guilkey, Dana Kalmey, Robert Kolodny, Souki Mehdaoui, and Christina Shaman.

The pilot year of newportFILM lab was hosted at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary and education center with more than 325 acres of diverse habitats and seven miles of hiking trails. Participants will spend the weekend at the Sanctuary, reflecting critically on their creative visions and practices while meaningfully advancing their projects and careers.

Photos by Jennifer Manville