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JUDY IROLA   ASC

 

Born: 23 November 1943, Fresno, Calif., USA, as Judith Carol Irola. Her grandparents, Basque sheepherders, immigrated to Fresno in 1917 to escape poverty and forge their own business, the sheep business.

Education: Central California Commercial College, Fresno, Calif., USA.

Career: Moved to London, UK, and worked there as a secretary. Became librarian at an air force base in Sevilla, Spain. Served with the US Peace Corps in Niger, Africa [1966-68]. In 1968 she became a secretary at KQED-tv, the PBS affiliate in San Francisco; was transferred into the camera department and began shooting a PBS-tv doc series and KQED's nightly news. In 1972 she joined the Marxist film collective 'Cine Manifest'. Moved to New York in 1978 and ph news, doc's and entertainment for US and European tv-stations in Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, France, Poland, Mozambique, Kenya, the Soviet Union and throughout the USA. Returned to California in 1989 and became associate professor [1992] and head of Cinematography [since September 1999] at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California [USC]. She was named the Conrad Hall Endowed Chair in Cinematography and Color Timing at USC in October 2005. She is cred on numerous student films as 'faculty advisor'.

Ph commercials [dir by John O'Hagan, a.o.] and video for CD ROM's.

Member of the ASC since 1995.

Was member of the IDFA jury, Amsterdam, 1988, and of the Ojai FF jury, 2000.

Worked on the project '20th Century Fox - Storytelling, Murals, and Film' in Los Angeles in 1997-98 producing a b&w video with Gardner Monks and children of the Melrose Avenue Elementary School.

An interview with her appeared in the book 'Women Behind the Camera - Conversations with Camerawomen' by Alexis Krasilovsky [1997].

Appeared in the doc 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: Cannes IFF 'Camera d'Or' [1979] for 'Northern Lights'; Sundance FF Award [1993] for 'An Ambush of Ghosts'; Women in Film 'Kodak Vision Award' [1997]; Nat Tiffen Award for Excellence in Cinematography Education [2014].


 

 FILMS

1977

The Yellow Wallpaper [Marie Ashton] c; short/14m

1978

Song of the Canary [Josh Hanig & David Davis] 16mm/c; doc/58m; co-addph; ph: Michael Anderson & Jon Else

1978

Northern Lights [John Hanson & Rob Nilsson] b&w

1978

Controlling Interest: The World of the Multinational Corporation [Larry Adelman] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/45m; cph: Ting Barrow

1979

The Wobblies [Stewart Bird & Deborah Shaffer] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/89m; cph: Sandi Sissel, Peter Gessner & Bonnie Friedman

1979

The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists [Joel Sucher & Steven Fischler] b&w-c; doc/55m; addph: Sandi Sissel, a.o.

1980

The Willmar 8 [Lee Grant] 16mm/c; doc/55m

1980

Steppin' [: Michael Manley in Jamaica] [Saul Landau] c; doc/45m

1981

'Fundi': the Story of Ella Baker [Joanne Grant] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/45m & 60m; addph: Doug Harris

1981

Artists at Work: A Film on the New Deal Art Projects [Mary Lance] b&w-c; doc/35m; cph: Ted Churchill, Jerry Pantzer, a.o.

1981

Anarchism in America [Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/74m; Mexico unit ph; ph: J. Sucher; addph: Sandi Sissel, Joan Churchill & Gordon Quinn

1982

Running My Way [Lynne Littman] c; short/27m

1982

In the King of Prussia [Emile de Antonio] c; doc + dram seq/92m; cred as camera dir; camera: Julian Abbio

1983

Los marielitos [Estela Bravo] 16mm/c; doc/57m; cph: Tom Sigel

1984

Hard Winter [Mat Brauchitsch] ?; short/58m; cph: Joseph Friedman; this film, set in Morristown, N.J., in the winter of 1779, portrays the impact that the encampment of 1779-1780 had on the local community; for the Morris County Historical Society

1984

Maurice [Estela Bravo] c; doc/27m

1985

Working Girls [Lizzie Borden] s16-35bu/c; addph: Joey Forsyte & Larry Banks (+ lighting des)

1985

Seven Minutes in Heaven [Linda Feferman] c; addph; ph: Steven Fierberg

1986

Dead End Kids [: A Story of Nuclear Power] [JoAnne Akalaitis] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/90m

1986

Jeg elsker dig/I Love You [Li Vilstrup] c; cph: Soren Berthelin

1986

Antigone: Rites for the Dead/Antigone - Rites of Passion [Amy Greenfield] 16mm/c; dance perf/85m; ph architectural settings; natural loc ph: Hillary Harris

1987

Painted Landscapes of the Times [Helene Klodawsky] 16mm/c; doc/26m

1987

The King James Version/The Birth [Robert Gardner] 16mm/c

1988

The Uncompromising Revolution/Fidel at 60 [Saul Landau] c; doc/78m; cph: Peter Chappell

1988

Calling the Shots [Holly Dale & Janis Cole] 16mm/c; doc/118m; cph: Sandi Sissel & John Walker

1988

Massage for Health [Johanna Demetrakas] c; doc/70m

1989

Metamorphosis: Man Into Woman [Lisa Leeman] 16mm/c; doc/58m; cph: John Hart, Madelyn Most, Sandra Chandler & Kathleen Beeler

1992

An Ambush of Ghosts [Everett Lewis] c

1994

Carmen Miranda - Bananas Is My Business [Helena Solberg] b&w-c; doc/92m; co-addph; ph: Tomasz Magierski

1994

My Family/Mi familia/Cafe con leche/East L.A. [Gregory Nava] c; 2uc; ph: Edward Lachman

1994

Ava's Magical Adventure [Patrick Dempsey & Rocky Parker] c

1996

Eat Your Heart Out/American Shrimps [Felix O. Adlon] c/V

1998

The Settlement [Mark Steilen] c

1999

Eban and Charley [James Bolton] dv-to-35mm/c

1999

The Gold Cup [Lucas Reiner] HD-to-35mm/c

1999

I Remember Me [Kim Snyder] c; doc/74m; co-addph; ph: Sam Counter, Lee Daniel & Don Lenzer

2000

R3 [Betty Thomas] DigiBeta/c/V; mockumentary/?m; addph: Sandi Sissel

2006

Cine Manifest [Judy Irola] dv/c; doc/75m; + co-prod/appearance

 

 TELEVISION

Ph items for '60 Minutes' [news magazine for CBS-tv], 'Nova' [doc series for WGBH-tv, Boston], 'Odyssey' [?], BBC-tv, Channel 4 and Canal+.

1978

NBC's Saturday Night Live [8 shorts, e.g. 'La Dolce Gilda' & 'Don't Look Back in Anger'] comedy-variety show, 1975-?

1978

20/20 [various] news magazine; for ABC-tv

1978

Max Frisch, Journal I-III [Richard Dindo] tvm; cph: Robert Boner, Hugues Ryffel, Renato Berta & Rainer Trinkler

1979

A Plague on Our Children [Robert Richter] c; doc/116m; cph: Don Lenzer & Burleigh Wartes; ep of PBS-tv series 'Nova' (7th season)

1981

Seguin [Jesús Salvador Treviño] tvm; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1983

Vietnam: A Television History [ep 'The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)/The Fall of Saigon' written & prod by Elizabeth Deane] 13-part doc series (for PBS-tv, 1983) & 11-part series (for PBS-tv series 'American Experience', 1997); cph: Hiro Narita, John Gordon, Peter Hoving, Gerry Pinches & Jerry Hogrewe

1987

Gangs [, a Brother's Life] [Jesús Salvador Treviño] tvm/60m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1988

Date Rape [Jesús Salvador Treviño] tvm/60m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1988

The Supreme Court's Holy Battles [Karen Thomas] doc/60m; cph: Erich Roland, Terry Hopkins & Don Sellars

1988

Castro's Cuba: Two Views [Saul Landau ('The Uncompromising Revolution'); Jorge Ulla & Nestor Almendros ('Nobody Listened')] doc/120m; ph 'The Uncompromising Revolution'; cph: Peter Chappell; see Films (1988); for PBS-tv

1989

Wilfrid's Special Christmas [Jesús Salvador Treviño] tvm/30m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1990

Lies of the Heart/Golden Boy [Barra Grant] tvm/60m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1991

L'homme qui a voulu s'offrir Hollywood/The Man Who Tried to Buy Hollywood: Giancarlo Parretti [Jean-Pierre Moscardo] doc/?m; for Canal+

1991

Lifestories [ep 'Steve Burdick' dir by Aaron Lipstadt, 'Darryl Tevis' dir by Jesús Salvador Treviño, 'Frank Brody' dir by Jeff Bleckner, 'Art Conforti' dir by Don Ohlmeyer & 'Jerry Forchette' dir by Bruce Seth Green] 9-part series, 1990-91

1991

American Families [Wendy Apple] doc/60m; co-cam; ph: Catherine Cummings

1991

Summer Stories: The Mall [seg 'First Impressions' dir by John Rubinstein] 3-part ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special' (180m); other ph: Daniel Shulman

1992

Faith Even to the Fire [Jean Victor] doc/60m; cph: Emiko Omori, Dorothy Thigpen & Ron DeVeaux; ep PBS-tv series 'P.O.V.'

1992

Switching Parents/Gregory K. [: A Place to Be] [Linda Otto] tvm

1993

Grandfather Sky [Victress Hitchcock] tvm/50m

1994

The History of Rock 'n' Roll [Andrew Solt, a.o.] 10-part mus doc series, 1995; cph: Ralf Bode, Stephen Lighthill, David Myers, Claudia Raschke, Jeff Victor, Geoff Schaaf, a.o.

1994

Override [Danny Glover] tvm/30m; 2uc: Bernard Salzmann; ep Showtime-tv series 'Directed by'

1995

Reflections on Vatican II [Mark Birnbaum] 2-hour special/16mm; edited from the 5-part doc series 'The Faithful Revolution: Vatican II'; for PBS-tv

1995

In der glanzvollen Welt des Hotel Adlon/The Glamorous World of the Adlon Hotel [Percy Adlon] docudrama/75m/16mm; cph: Martin Hilton, Chad Wilson, a.o.

1996

I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American [Sam Pollard (part 1 & 2), Tracy Heather Strain (3 & 4) & Denise Greene (5 & 6)] 6-part doc series; co-add cam; ph: John Hazard & Robert Shepard; for PBS-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1974

Ta' det som en mand, frue!/Take It Like a Man, Ma'am! [Mette Knudsen, Elisabeth Rygård & Li Vilstrup] gaffer/co-c.asst; ph: Katja Forbert Petersen

1976

Running Fence [Charlotte Zwerin, Albert & David Maysles; doc] co-c.asst; ph: Albert & David Maysles

1977

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives [Peter & Nancy Adair, Robert Epstein, a.o.] 16mm/c; doc/130m; co-tech cons; ph: Andrew Brown, Veronica Selver, a.o.

1977

Over-Under, Sideways–Down [Eugene Corr, Peter Gessner & Steve Wax] decor; ph: Stephen Lighthill

2003

The Journey Home [Elia Petridis] b&w; short/6m; co-faculty adv; ph: Jeffrey Allen; prod USC

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1974

Self-Health [co-dir; doc/23m] ph: ?; instruction in breast and pelvic self-examination for the purpose of discovery and preventative medical care

2006

Cine Manifest [+ co-prod/ph/appearance] see Films

 

With ph Robert Potter - "Niger '66 - A Peace Corps Diary" [2007]

 

2007

Niger '66 - A Peace Corps Diary [doc/75m/dv; + co-prod] ph: Robert Potter & Rob Connolly; filmed 2005, 2007 & 2008

2011

First Peace Corps Volunteer - Jake Feldman [doc/b&w-c/7m] + co-prod; ph interv: ?

2014

The Sheepherder's Daughters/Artzain alabak [doc/b&w-c/20m] archive (8mm + stills) & interv (ph by Josh Morton)