After a successful cinematography career in feature documentaries, I'm evolving my craft to serve fiction narrative films that require emotive lighting suited for thriller, drama, and psychological horror genres.
Micro budget short and feature projects are something I find challenging and very rewarding. It is filmmaking on the most intimate of levels.
As previously mentioned, my career has been blessed by wonderful collaborations in feature documentaries. I was fortunate to have been awarded a National Emmy for Cinematography for AMARGOSA on the Sundance Channel. I am also a past Sundance Film Festival best documentary cinematography nominee for my work on GO TIGERS! on IFC. My last feature documentary MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS was a DocuWeeks selection and aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network - OWN.
I have shot my share of commercials and corporate projects and find in whatever form image making comes, I love it all the same. The key for me is the collaboration in telling a compelling story.
I am self represented so please do not hesitate in contacting me if you would like to discuss the possibility of me joining your team.
Thank you for your consideration!
Name: Curt Apduhan Cinematographer
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Unique traits: Learned my craft during the film age. Evolving my approach in this digital age. NATAS Emmy Award Recipient for Cinematography and Sundance Film Festival Best Cinematography Nominee.
Waiting for Goodbye
Film (short) by Curt Apduhan (Drama) Cinematographer, Director, Producer "Waiting For Goodbye" explores the thoughts and emotions of Claire as she experiences the final morning with her beloved Shih Tzu, Beau. Through her process of letting go, Claire reflects on her immense love for Beau, and the realization that he has been with her for over half of her life. As the moment of the last goodbye approaches, Claire tries desperately to hold onto a moment that will soon be a memory . Written by Producers
Film by Susannah O'Brien (Horror) Cinematographer A pair of newlyweds set up cameras in and around an old farm house for husband Ted's grad school film thesis on orbs. It's not long before they discover a dark and terrible secret that threatens their sanity and their lives.
Film (short) by Curt Apduhan (Drama) Cinematographer, Director, Producer "Anniversary" is the tale of a Husband and Wife who plan to spice up their 10th anniversary celebration by hiring an exotic Dancer to perform for them in their hotel room. The evening takes an unexpected turn when their interaction with the Dancer reveals more than mere erotic intentions, testing the couple's relationship and exposing the emotional scars of everyone involved. "Anniversary" explores the question, "What if a fantasy realized ends up revealing a life not fully lived?". The Wife's existence seems as polished and perfect as the enormous diamond she sports on her left hand, courtesy of her high powered and affluent Husband. The Dancer is beautiful, free spirited and appears to be in complete control of her destiny. But as their allotted time together ticks away, the fantasy takes a back seat to the reality of who these people really are... and the cost of living a lie. Written by Producers
Film (short) by Joe Kawasaki (Drama and Thriller) Cinematographer, Camera and Electrical Department A young female hacker awakens from a traumatic event that she scarcely remembers, and an iPhone glued to her hand. On the phone, a countdown is ticking away to zero. What happens at zero? Who is she, and why has she become an extension of the device? As the minutes tick away, our heroine must race against time to put the pieces together before the mysterious, pending zero-hour strikes. Written by Rosa Entertainment
Most Valuable Players
Film by Matthew D. Kallis (Documentary, Comedy, Drama, Family and 1 More) Cinematographer, Camera and Electrical Department Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships while theater geeks struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some attention of their own. In the sports crazy Lehigh Valley, PA, a hundred-year-old theater remedies the inequality with the Freddy Awards - an annual live television event that recognizes excellence in local high school musical theater. Illustrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS follows three high school theater troupes on their creative journeys to the elaborate award ceremony - the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater. Written by Anonymous
Amy Cook: The Spaces in Between
Film by Todd Robinson (Documentary, Biography and Music) Camera and Electrical Department The creative journey of Austin singer-songwriter Amy Cook and her band as they tour the backwater towns of the American southwest. Powerful and new, the music of Amy Cook is both elegant and challenging in the same breath. Filmmaker Todd Robinson travels the southwest with Amy and her band peering into a life that informs art. But Amy Cook's story is a story that transcends her own career and ambition. It is the story of a young woman living an authentic life while struggling with the complicated relationship between art and commerce. As Amy says in her hypnotic "Feathers to a Crown" . It's a hard time for dreamers, We're all pennies in a wishing well, But we ain't gonna buy, And we ain't gonna sell. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Douglas Fahleson Cinematographer Do you ever have enough? Or do you always want More? Rebecca, a modern materialistic young woman, wants More -- but she goes too far in her pursuit of it. She acts out of lustfulness and greed, making choices that will forever change her life. Rebecca experiences the ruinous consequences of the trap called More. Written by Anon.
Bird of Pray
Film (short) by Douglas Fahleson (Drama) Cinematographer
Walls of Jericho
Film (short) by Douglas Fahleson (Drama) Cinematographer After the accidental death of her daughter, a despondent mother struggles with forgiving the one person responsible - her own sister.
Film by Kenneth A. Carlson (Documentary and Sport) Cinematographer, Camera and Electrical Department "Go Tigers!" is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tigers high school football team, played out in a small rustbelt town that draws its identity from football. During the course of the season, THREE YOUNG STARS emerge who are forced to carry the burden of the town and their teammates as they confront their uncertain future. Written by Anonymous
Film by Todd Robinson (Documentary) Cinematographer Amargosa is the story of reclusive artist and dancer, Marta Becket. Living in the remote ghost town of Death Valley Junction, California and performing in her hand-painted opera house, Marta struggles to exorcise her demons while embracing the rapture of the creative moment by immersing herself in it. Written by <email@example.com>
Encounters with the Unexplained
Television (Documentary, Drama and Mystery) Camera and Electrical Department
Stand and Be Counted
TV Movie by Todd Robinson (Documentary, History and Music) Camera and Electrical Department This film explores the role that popular music talents, particuarly the rock and folk genres, have played in various social and political causes, including civil and human rights, enviromentalism and peace movements. Along the way, major participants like Tracy Chapman and Peter Gabriel featured along with recordings of their benefit performances at various events like Woodstock and Live Aid. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NATAS National Emmy for Cinematography - "Amargosa" on the Sundance Channel
California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)