Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who photographed the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale Station, will be presented with the Kodak Vision Award at the 2013 Women In Film (WIF) Crystal + Lucy® Awards in Los Angeles on June 12. The award is given annually to a female filmmaker with outstanding achievements in cinematography, who also collaborates with and assists women in the entertainment industry.
"I am deeply humbled and incredibly honored to be chosen as this year's recipient of the Kodak Vision Award," says Morrison. "I look at the astounding group of women who have received this honor before me, ranging from personal heroes to dear friends, and I brim with pride because all are groundbreaking, innovative, resilient, and above all, exceptionally talented.
"It baffles me how women remain such a minority in an industry whose primary currency is visualizing human emotion, but I am grateful for the efforts made by Women In Film to gain equal footing," she adds. "Our voices are important and need to be heard both in front of the camera and behind the scenes as well. I truly believe it is only a matter of time before there is more equal representation and that time is very near. It is essential that we advise, assist and collaborate with each other – after all film is nothing if not a team sport. I strive to do my part as a team player and to continue to be thought provoking and evocative using the tools I know best – light and camera."
"We are honored to recognize Rachel alongside Women In Film at this prestigious event," says Kodak's Lorette Bayle. "This award pays tribute to her creativity as well as her resolve to succeed. We admire her passion, and willingness to assist the next generation."
Morrison has emerged as a refreshing young talent at the forefront of independent cinema, channeling each story's core emotion into arresting imagery. Her work has a haunting quality at times and a beautiful elegance at others.
She recently lensed Fruitvale Station, choosing KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 7219 to tell the story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on the final day of 2008 and his untimely death New Year's Day at the hands of a police officer on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, Calif. The Weinstein Company will release the film theatrically on July 26.
In addition to Fruitvale Station, Morrison lensed two additional Sundance premieres: Sound of My Voice and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. In 2012, she also saw Any Day Now win the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. In March, South by Southwest premiered her latest drama Some Girl(s), and her upcoming work includes the thriller The Harvest. Additional credits include Palo Alto, CA.
After completing a master's degree in cinematography at the American Film Institute, Morrison honed her craft lensing for television. Her work has been featured on most major TV networks including HBO, ABC, MTV, IFC, Biography, Comedy Central, E!, CBS and OWN. She received an Emmy® nomination for Showtime's Riker’s High, a documentary about a high school within the Riker's Island prison system.
A mixture of heady and hip, Morrison uses her own life experiences to inform her cinematography. She cites an early loss as the inspiration to preserve time through frozen imagery and is grateful to have discovered a passion and talent for cinematography.
Morrison is based in Los Angeles, but travels frequently around the planet to tell stories through extraordinary images.