Over the past decade, Errol Webber has earned a reputation as a refined cinematographer, adept at capturing polished, hyper real visuals.
Trained in film at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004, in his off hours during college, he ran his own video production company out of his dorm room. Then, just two weeks after graduation, he was hired to shoot his first feature documentary, the film “iThemba” [ee-temba], about a group of eight Zimbabwean Afro-fusion musicians. “iThemba,” which he also edited, won numerous accolades and awards at major festivals in Europe and Africa.
Since then, Webber has been the producer, director, or cinematographer on a host of documentaries in the U.S., Zimbabwe, Zambia, Liberia, and other African countries. The short documentary, “Music by Prudence” won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. “American Promise” won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including Best Documentary.
Webber is frequently commissioned to produce short documentary and narrative films for educational institutions and non-profits, on topics such as access to healthcare, bullying, the school-to-prison pipeline, and rehabilitating non-violent ex-offenders into society through artistic expression. In 2014, the University of Washington, Tacoma, commissioned Webber to co-produce the documentary, “Love & Solidarity,” which chronicles key U.S. Labor Movements, how it shaped resulting labor laws, and its effect on American society when it comes to workers’ rights.
Endorsed and lauded by elected officials and law enforcement professionals across the country, Webber’s new feature documentary, “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is the Answer,” tackles the critical issue of racial profiling and the 14th Amendment’s provision of equal protection, explores cognitive psychology and implicit bias, while showing the need for emotional intelligence, promoting mental health and community engagement programs, bridging the gap between peace officers and the communities they serve. This timely film is the catalyst for the ‘LOVE Is The Answer’ Conference Tour, taking place nationwide through the end of 2018.
Further venturing into the narrative film world, Webber was Director of Photography for the crime noir heist film, “The Mason Brothers,” which premiered at the iconic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood in 2017, and has since won numerous awards.
Webber's talent for film lies not in his ability to bring his world to the viewer, but the urgency with which he immerses the viewer into his world. As a result of his experience and creative sensibility as an editor, Webber is cognizant to the need to capture material for the edit. He's known for his arresting imagery, rebellious compositions, and his ability to interweave rigid structure into chaos.
With a full appreciation for the digital realm and a knack for compelling looks and concepts, cinematographer Errol Webber will continue a career in his most prized obsession; imagery.
WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer
Documentary by Eclipse Sports & Entertainment, LLC Producer | DP As minority communities face the daily stranglehold of racial profiling, and police officers face relentless scrutiny by an anxious public, tensions mount as lines are being drawn in the sand. This conflict can only be broken by finding common ground with each other. L.O.V.E. Is The Answer.
The Mason Brothers
Film by KS Pictures Director of Photography A group of outlaws attempt to reveal their brothers killer from a neighboring gang after being set up during a bank heist.
Love And Solidarity
Documentary by Errol Webber / Michael Honey (Documentary) Producer | DP Love and Solidarity is an exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson. Lawson provided crucial strategic guidance while working with Martin Luther King, Jr., in southern freedom struggles and the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968. Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Lawson continued his nonviolence organizing in multi-racial community and worker coalitions that have helped to remake the LA labor movement. Through interviews and historical documents, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber put Lawson’s discourse on nonviolent direct action on the front burner of today’s struggles against economic inequality, racism and violence, and for human rights, peace, and economic justice. Runtime: 38 minutes. The Love and Solidarity project was made possible through the generous support of the Fetzer Institute and the project carried out through the Center for the Study of Community and Society at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Documentary by RADA Film Group (Documentary) Director of Photography Filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson follow their son and his best friend through the U.S. educational system. Though both boys start out at the prestigious Dalton School, circumstances later force one into a public high school.
Film (short) by RLTV (Family) Director of Photography
12 O'Clock Boys
Documentary (Documentary) Cinematographer
Remote Area Medical
Documentary by Reverse Shot Films (Documentary) Cinematographer
Documentary by Loli & Rex (Documentary) Director of Photography Imagine a country where more people die of AIDS, malnutrition and lack of medical care each week than are killed in Afghanistan, Iraq or Darfur. Where hospitals operate without doctors, urban neighborhoods suffer months without water, and unemployment tops 90 percent. Then imagine navigating that country from a wheelchair, without functioning hands, or with some other disability in a culture where the disabled are seen as cursed. You don’t have to imagine. iThemba takes you there in a rich, verite tapestry about the band Liyana, eight edgy young musicians who negotiate their country’s chaotic political waters, economic collapse and deep-seated prejudices with humor and grit.
Music By Prudence
Documentary by Roger Ross Williams (Documentary) Cinematographer
Sundance Film Festival - US Documentary Special Jury Award - American Promise
Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy-nomination
Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) - Music by Prudence
Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD)