2014 Honorees and Honorable Mentions

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Frank Buono

Operator
1982

Frank Buono was born and raised in Seattle, WA, where the art house and independent movie scenes were the perfect environments to influence his passion for cinema.  After graduating college, he began working in the film business in the Seattle area.  Shortly thereafter, his excitement for and knowledge of cinematography was noticed by several Hollywood cameramen who encouraged him to move to Los Angeles. Frank has worked with Academy Award−winning cinematographers − Janusz Kaminski, Philippe Rousselot and Mauro Fiore, among others − to help invent and execute their cinematic visions.  Most notably, Frank collaborated with director Alfonso Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki to create one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed “single shots” in film history for the motion picture Children of Men. He has gone on to work as a cinematographer for several short films, Web series and commercial spots.

Frank currently lives in Los Angeles. He is a seventeen-year member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

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Devin Doyle

1st Assistant
Lancaster Stomp

Growing up in a military family, Devin Doyle moved frequently during his childhood. While stationed in Germany, his interest in filmmaking began when a video production course was offered at his high school. After receiving his BS in Communication from Ohio University, Devin moved to Los Angeles and landed in Panavision Hollywood’s two-year program. There, he laid the foundation for his career before going freelance as a loader, advancing to data manager, and finally camera assistant. Devin is happily married to Amanda Doyle, resides in Santa Monica, California, and is a proud member of Local 600.

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George Feucht

Operator
Une Libération

George Feucht has been playing with cameras for as long as he can remember.  He was tapped by his local Wisconsin newspaper when he was just 15 to become their youngest photojournalist ever.  At the same time, he fell in love with the art of painting with light for all of his high school’s plays and musicals.  Discovering that these two passions could be combined into cinematography, he headed out West when he learned he was accepted into the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts at USC. After graduating, George found himself splitting his time between operating on television shows and serving as cinematographer on independent passion projects.  He still loves to crank through rolls of Tri-X black-and-white film like he did decades ago for the Mayville News, but this time just for fun through his trusty Leica M6.

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Sidarth Kantamneni

Operator
Saerto Ena

Sidarth Kantamneni is a camera operator living in Atlanta, GA.  Raised in Decatur, AL, he inherited a love for visual art and photography from his father, an avid hobbyist.  Interested in cinema from a young age, and science-fiction films in particular, Kantamneni enrolled at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) in 2006 with the intention of pursuing a career in visual effects.  However, after getting involved in the film scene in Atlanta at large, he shifted his focus to on-set pursuits.  He spent the next several years working on independent shorts, features, and music videos while in school. Kantamneni joined Local 600 shortly after completing his degree in Science Technology and Culture at GT in 2012.

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Kyle Klütz

1st Assistant
Sequence

A native of Southern California, Kyle Klütz’s interest in photography goes back as far as he can remember. With a patient demeanor and a keen sense of observation, Kyle feels at home behind a camera. After enrolling in Chapman University’s film program, he found himself volunteering all of his free time to helping out his friends and peers on set. Upon graduating in 2005 with a BFA in Cinematography, Kyle had compiled a healthy list of credits as cinematographer on numerous short films, music videos, and spec commercials. In February of 2007, Kyle joined the ICG Local 600 as a First Assistant Photographer. Working in the camera departments of numerous talented cinematographers, he has been able to continue his education as a filmmaker in a practical sense. His shooting career has continued to flourish as well, and has led him to Barcelona, Spain for a two-part miniseries. In 2013, Kyle was chosen as one of the 2013 International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Awards honorees for his work on Clark Baker’s short film Vessel. Being recognized by a committee of his predecessors and sharing the honor with a group of talented and creative peers is an honor he will not soon forget. While his career has thus far brought him much pleasure and opportunity, Kyle looks forward to future collaborations with both new and familiar faces.

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David Kruta

Digital Imaging Technician
Wallace

The lifetime of David Kruta, an award-winning Director of Photography and the son of Czech political refugees, has taken him through a variety of cultures, experiences and locations spanning the globe, naturally bringing him to New York City to fulfill his passion for cinematography and storytelling. David’s career in the arts has included not only still and moving pictures, but also the culinary arts, graphic design and fine art − all of which have inspired him to create cutting-edge visuals in his pursuit of the perfect image. David has shot short films, commercials, documentaries, fashion and music videos and feature films. He is the visual architect behind the 2013 Sundance-competing feature film Concussion, starring Robin Weigert (Deadwood) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy), and most recently was a winner in the 2014 International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Awards. Kruta has shot for a an extensive list of clients including Porsche, Mizuno, Canon, Gillette, Starbucks, Sony, Amtrak, Bose and Saturday Night Live, and he is always on the lookout for new and interesting projects.

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Bartosz Nalazek

Preview System
Making a Scene: Forest Whitaker

Bartosz Nalazek studied photography at the Warsaw School of Photography, then cinematography at The Polish National Film School in Lodz. He was a scholar of the prestigious Budapest Cinematography Masterclass led by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. Nalazek assisted cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on feature films War Horse and Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, and on The Judge. He was cinematographer for numerous short fiction films, documentary films, music videos and commercials, and he worked as a light designer and video artist for Polish avant-garde theater directors. In 2013 Nalazek debuted two independent feature films, and he was cinematographer for The New York Times Magazine’s Making a Scene video feature, which included such big-screen actors as Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Bradley Cooper, Forest Whitaker and others.

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Greta Zozula

Assistant
The Immaculate Reception

Greta Zozula grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania on a steady diet of classic and foreign films. She knew, by the age of 15, she wanted to pursue film as a career. After graduating from The School of Visual Arts, Zozula began camera assisting, putting her talents to use on independent features. In between working on films and commercials domestically and abroad, she has spent time shooting music videos and shorts for directors and producers she met along the way. Zozula joined the ICG in 2013.

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Honorable Mentions

Chris Heinrich

1st Assistant
Sure Thing

Christopher (Chris) Heinrich hails from El Paso, TX. He began his career there as a film loader at the age of 15, decided not to go to college, and worked within the trenches of indie filmmaking in California from the late 90s through the first decade of the 2000s. He ascended the camera-department ladder in the traditional manner, rising from loader to 2nd, to 1st, to operator, and now cinematographer. He credits his knowledge of cinematography to DPs with whom he has worked, including Steve Yedlin, Brandon Trost, Tom Richmond, ASC, and Steve Gainer, ASC, to name a few. Chris takes pride in the hard work he has put into learning lighting, shot design, and blocking, and loves to do all three really fast. In his free time, he enjoys playing the pedal steel guitar. Heinrich resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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David Jean Schweitzer

Operator
Good Luck, Mr. Gorski

David Jean Schweitzer, SOC, started developing film in a darkroom and shooting with a Super 8-mm movie camera when he was 11. His first job in the industry was as a film delivery boy. His philosophy as an imagist draws from personal contact with photographers Sokolsky, Payne, Bakht, and his late cousin, Jocelyn Benzakin. During his formative development he took entry-level jobs and rose up through the ranks of what turned out to be a historic intersection of fine art, pop music and motion pictures. As his career path unfurled before him, he gained invaluable experience at Warhol’s Factory and David Bowie’s Main Man Productions before becoming personal assistant to Donald Cammell. Schweitzer worked as a camera assistant on documentaries. He was given considerable personal encouragement by Nicholas Ray and was mentored by David Quaid, ASC, and Mike Elliot of EUE/Screen Gems fame. A music-video pioneer (having lensed the first contemporary video to play on MTV, You Better Run by Pat Benatar), Schweitzer has filmed more than 40 music videos and more than 200 commercials. Moving on to features, he has worked under masters Gordon Willis, ASC, Bruce Surtees, ASC, and  Dariusz Wolski, ASC. Schweitzer attends to color and contour with adoring purpose. While he works with all the latest digital technology, his lifelong passion is traditional film. His proficiency with large- and medium-format film cameras characterizes his consummate absorption with craft. In addition to his still and motion photography roles, David is a motion picture producer, director and animator. He speaks French and English and is a multi-rated airplane pilot, an avid cook and an outdoorsman.

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