Niav studied acting at Skidmore College, then moved to France where she began making films. In France, she was also oscarized filmmaker Joseph Strick's personal assistant for many years. She has had several shorts in festivals worldwide, and her no-budget feature Un peu plus d'éternité, is out on DVD with L'Harmattan Vidéo. Currently back in New York with an MFA in filmmaking from CCNY where she studied under Chantal Akerman, she has received the Kodak Award for cinematography, the NYWIFT scholarship, and is a 2013 Princess Grace Award winner.
She is pursuing a career in narrative filmmaking and cinematography.
Name: Niav Conty
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Cinematographer, Director, Camera Operator and Director of Photography
Unique traits: keen eye, attention to detail and truth, passion.
Nick and Nicky
Film by Marcus Slabine (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department "Nick and Nicky" is a modern day screwball comedy and murder mystery inspired by the many classic Hollywood comedies of the 1930s and 40s. Essentially, the movie invokes the sparkling, witty spirit of these films and recreates it in an upscale, modern day, gay setting. The two primary characters are a very wealthy, attractive, gay couple, one older, the other younger who have returned to New York City in order to get married. However, they end up embarking on a crime solving adventure. Written by Patrick Askin
Rhythm in Me
Film (short) by Niav Conty (Drama) Director After a heated argument with her father, Lili gives up on her last hopes of pursuing her dream to become a painter. Until she meets Vincent, a very peculiar poet who will reanimate her aspiration, and possibly change the course of her life... But at what cost? Written by Mathilde Dehaye
Film (short) by Campbell Dalglish (Drama) Cinematographer
Testament of the Shadow
Film (short) by Dawn L. Hall Cinematographer
Film (short) by Michael Abbott Jr. (Comedy) Cinematographer, Editor On the eve of her sister-in-law's wedding, a woman returns to her husband's boyhood home. Tossing and turning next to him in his too-small single bed, they question love, marriage and why there are no all night drug stores in Providence.
Film by Campbell Dalglish (Drama) Cinematographer A Dominican woman with medical problems and no papers seeks a husband before surgery renders her barren. She is smuggled into NYC by her brother and finds refuge with a brute who falls helplessly in love with her.
Film (short) by Alex Leu (Action, Drama and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer When his fiancée is abducted by an evil warlord, a lone soldier struggles to save her before she is turned to the dark side.
Nine to Five
Film (short) by Rhea Lelina Manglapus (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department A comedy about two overachieving employees at a corporate office who spend the day jeopardizing each other's chances of being promoted after the manager announces his retirement.
Film (short) by Niav Conty (Drama, Family and Fantasy) Director, Editor, Writer, Producer Luis is living out an idyllic fantasy in an on-line video game; his hunky avatar is happily married and with a newborn baby. One day, Luis's real wife Anna insists that he choose between reality and fantasy. Will Luis choose Anna, and abandon his avatar wife and child? His emotions hover in some state of limbo between the real world and the virtual. A love triangle revolved around fantasy, commitment and identity. A live action short which includes Machinima sequences. Written by Anonymous
Film by Ray Yeung (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Art director Front Cover is about a gay New York City fashion stylist, Ryan, who detests and rejects his Asian upbringing. He is given an assignment to style Ning, a foreign actor, for an important photo shoot. After a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between them leading Ryan to examine his identity and make a major decision about an enticing new path for his life and career. Written by Anonymous
Face of Darkness: Journey to Healing
Film by Dearl Nelson (Documentary) Cinematographer The film's objective is to raise awareness of depression in African American males, the detriment of not addressing it, as well as the benefits of treatment. We hope that by exposing the illness in an artistic fashion, the African American community will not only be enlightened, but they will learn how to recognize and seek help for themselves or loved ones. Written by Face Of Darkness
Film (short) by Joanna Cabello (Crime and Drama) Cinematographer Iko is a short film about a young runaway who discovers an unlikely guardian angel when the building she's hiding in is chosen as a location for a mob hit.
Olmstead Is Cuny
Film (short) by Alex Leu (Documentary and Animation) Cinematographer A short film about the 15th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's landmark civil rights decision in Olmstead v. L.C. Under that decision, unwarranted segregation of persons with disabilities is deemed illegal discrimination in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
What You Want?
Television (Comedy) Cinematographer Nicola Bicchieri, an unknown narcissistic Italian director and screenwriter, moves to New York City to sell his screenplay to NBC. He lives in a basement in Brooklyn with his 4 roommates: Zi Mu, AJ, Tatiana, and last but not least, Casper, a mysterious entity that lives in the basement. Written by Purple Lemon
Film (short) by Niav Conty (Comedy, Drama and Family) Director, Editor, Writer, Producer The unexpected meeting of a child and a delusional old man who believes he's Santa Clause.
Nefertitty in Space
Film (short) by Lola Rock'N'Rolla (Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Production designer Nefertitty (Maine Anders) is BACK! In her most far out adventure ever as she blasts off into space to save the human race from the craziest cracker of them all; The Albino Queen from Aberdeen (world famous *BOB*). Will Nefertitty be able to save the day before she becomes a zombie albino clone?
Film (short) by Francis Mead (Drama) Actor Mike and Leah have been together for seven years, but they have never made a decision. As their summer rental on Fire Island draws to a close, things are looking bleak. They quickly discover what lengths they are willing to go, both to avoid, and then to force, a choice. Their future depends on the flip of a coin. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Liam Billingham (Drama and Family) Cinematographer A young boy's estranged parents try to discover why he has dyed his hair purple.
Film (short) by Niav Conty (Drama, Horror and Romance) Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Writer, Producer A love story goes terribly awry when she wants out and he feels compelled to keep her.
Film (short) by Alex Leu (Drama) Cinematographer
Film (short) by Àlex Lora (Drama) Cinematographer
Film (short) by Matthew Fleischmann (Documentary and News) Camera and Electrical Department The residents and small business owners of a small exurban town in New York State fight an incoming commercial giant in order to preserve their way of life.
Film (short) by Flavio Alves (Comedy, Drama and Fantasy) Cinematographer Angelo follows an Angel who approaches an old man with a compensation package from god for an unfulfilling life.
Film (short) by Àlex Lora (Comedy) Cinematographer
Film (short) by Niav Conty (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Writer, Producer, Sound department Her feet on the edge of a rooftop, his hand approaches slowly.
Film (short) by Joanna Cabello (Comedy and Romance) Cinematographer Moo! is a coming of age story about a young Latin girl, Cheyenne, looking to make the best of her free time. When she goes out with Joseph, for a night at the Windmill, she learns through a bovine sized obstacle that she cannot always be in control of a situation. Written by Anonymous
Hans: A Case Study
Film by David Pilot (History) Cinematographer Hans: A Case Study is a modern fable based on Sigmund Freud's 1909 landmark case study "Little Hans: Analysis of a Phobia in a Five Year old Boy". Hans is a hero's tale of a young boy's escape from the imposition of neurosis into revelation of self. Writer/director David Pilot brought the historic case to the stage at New York's West End Theater. "The HANS Project" developed over a four-month collaboration with actors, musicians, artists, and Freudian scholars. The ensemble explored the hidden dimensions of the case in an improvisational environment, creating an expressionistic, dreamlike play that conjured the imaginary and real world of little Hans. Written by Eric Laverty
Where Is Joel Baum?
Film by Pearl Gluck (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department
Film (short) by Greg Caiafa (Crime and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A killer by trade, Ed 'Wolf' Lupo decides to pay a beautiful young woman a visit after murdering her husband over a gambling debt. Ed knows people's weaknesses, and deduces young Christina must be lonely by merely examining a family photo he found on the dead man. However/ upon meeting her, he finds the woman in the snapshot replaced by a pregnant mother living in a foreclosed home - the ruins of her late husband's gambling addiction. Soon, Ed discovers he has a conscience, and a simple dispute between Christina and her neighbor over a child's toy yields a twisted opportunity for redemption. Written by Anonymous
Anything I Can Do
Film (short) by David Blaikie (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department, Miscellaneous Crew Alex has come to live with a family friend, Gwen. Her daughter, Ginnie, has a secret crush on him. Every evening Alex stays out until late. One late night Ginnie decides to find out where he goes.
Un peu plus d'éternité
Film by Niav Conty (Comedy and Drama) Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Writer, Producer Anne exists. She doesn't know why, or how long it will last. She is alone. In her routine life, she is confronted by the absurdity of human behavior, the strange nature of communication, and the tragic-comedy of jumbled encounters.
Film (short) by Niav Conty (Drama) Director, Editor, Writer, Producer A writer must produce a 500 word biography. He doesn't know where to begin. Diving deeper into the subjective of his story, his writing gradually takes on the form of drawings and symbols, and the counting of these words becomes an absurd and impossible task. Written by N. Conty
By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston
Film by Cédric Laty (Documentary) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director An examination of the life and art of color photography pioneer William Eggleston.
Princess Grace Award
Kodak award for cinematography CCNY
Please see CV for other awards