21CF unveils Fox DP Lab to expand opportunities for female cinematographers

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21st Century Fox recently held the inaugural Fox DP Lab, which introduced experienced female cinematographers (also known as Directors of Photography, or “DPs”) to Fox producers, DPs, directors, creative and production executives, and influential BTL agents through on-Lot roundtables and networking opportunities. The Lab also featured set visits to “Call of the Wild” (Twentieth Century Fox), “Speechless” (Twentieth Century Fox Television), “Fresh Off the Boat” (Twentieth Century Fox Television) and more.

The Lab’s programming is designed to help demystify the hiring process on major film and TV productions, and provide tools for DPs currently working in the independent film space to navigate and break into studio productions – all with the goal of increasing the number of female DPs working on studio film and TV sets.

To date, Fox is the only major studio providing a cinematography program for women, further establishing the company’s leadership in the effort to bring diverse voices into the entertainment industry and specifically into the studio.

“We’re excited about this initiative to propel female DPs in their careers,” said MyKhanh Shelton, Senior Vice President, 21CF Global Inclusion. “Focusing on increased gender representation in this key role, we believe can help accelerate diversity throughout production crews.”

In its ongoing effort to increase opportunities for female filmmakers, 21CF partnered with the American Film Institute (AFI) to also launch the Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Women earlier this year. This program introduced the fundamentals of visual storytelling to women interested in a career in cinematography through production workshops, master classes and screenings of the work of pioneering female DPs.

All of the cinematographers selected for the Fox DP Lab are graduates of the AFI Conservatory. Learn more about the participants in the first-ever Fox DP Lab below:

Tarin Anderson has worked all across the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and the U.K. shooting commercials for Covergirl, Honda, Dodge, Starbucks, Disney, HP and many others. Her music videos include St. Vincent, Maggie Rogers, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists and more, and she has also shot documentaries featuring James Brown and Rihanna. Her narrative work includes Hulu’s “Dimensions 404,” “Take My Wife,” “XX,” “Southbound” and Joseph Gordon Levitt’s “Hit Record The Show.” She earned her master’s degree in cinematography at AFI.

Anne Etheridge is a cinematographer for feature films, television and documentaries. Her projects have screened at film festivals around the world, including Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam, SXSW and Tribeca. Highlights include “Return,” written and directed by Liza Johnson and starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and John Slattery; and “One More Time,” written and directed by Robert Edwards and starring Christopher Walken and Amber Heard. She has also completed projects for award-winning shows on Netflix, AMC, Nat Geo, History, Discovery and Telemundo.

Catherine Goldschmidt graduated from AFI in 2009 and since then has lensed eight narrative feature films, dozens of shorts, music videos and commercials, and has shot on the Academy Award-winning feature “20 Feet from Stardom.” Her most recent film credits include Elissa Down’s “The Honor List,” Todd Berger’s “Cover Versions” and Amber Sealey’s award-winning “No Light and No Land Anywhere,” executive produced by Miranda July. Goldschmidt is a co-founding member of Illuminatrix, a collective of female cinematographers.

Halyna Hutchins is a 2015 AFI Conservatory graduate who grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. Her thesis film “Hidden” screened at Camerimage, AFI Fest and Austin Film Festival, and was named a finalist in the Vizio + Dolby Vision Cinematography Challenge. Her work includes the fantasy short film “The Secret of Joy,” the independent feature “Darlin’” and “Little King.” Hutchins’ other recent work includes the digital series “A Luv Tale,” an edgy romantic comedy that explores LGBT relationships among women of color in Harlem, produced by Sidra Smith and written and directed by Kay Oyegun (“This Is Us”).

Hana Kitasei is a Japanese and American cinematographer whose work includes narrative, commercial, and documentary projects. She was mentored by Ellen Kuras, ASC before attending AFI for cinematography, where she received the Sloan Tuition Scholarship and was granted the EFilm production grant for her thesis film. Since graduating, she has shot more than 25 films and TV episodes and worked with Jennette McCurdy, Brie Larson, Juno Temple, John Bass and more. She is also a guest lecturer at AFI and a core member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers.

Anka Malatynska has lensed feature and documentary projects all over the world, including the 2018 adaptation of “Little Women,” National Geographic’s “Most Amazing Photos” television series, Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” and Firestarter Films’ “Akicita: The Battle of Standing Rock.” She recently completed Season 3 of HBO’s “Insecure” as 2nd Unit DOP. Malatynska is an advocate for women working in the industry, coaching and counseling emerging talent through her teaching platform Fearless Film, which she co-founded with DGA director Liz Hinlein.

Dominique Martinez is a Miami native of Cuban and Spanish descent. A graduate of AFI’s prestigious cinematography discipline, Martinez’s work includes commercials, documentaries, features and television. Recent work includes “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” for Netflix and “Mysteries & Scandals” for the Oxygen Channel. She has also shot advertising campaigns for the likes of Lactaid, Olay and VEVO with a diverse talent pool ranging from Lady Gaga to the Muppets. Her independent features and documentaries have screened at countless festivals with distribution across the globe, and she recently finalized her photography portfolio from her travels to Mongolia with National Geographic.

Moira Morel is a Latinx cinematographer with a background in both documentary and narrative filmmaking. She graduated from AFI in 2014 with an MFA in cinematography. Films she has lensed have screened and won awards at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. Her documentary “The Punk Singer,” about Kathleen Hanna, had its world premiere at SXSW in 2013. “The Skinny” premiered at Sundance in 2015, making it the first web series to premiere there. “Vámonos,” the short film Morel both shot and co-wrote, won an Imagen Award for “Best Theatrical Short Film” in 2016. Most recently, “Unlovable,” Morel’s latest narrative feature, premiered at SXSW and won the SXSW Gamechanger Award.