#2: 2001

#3: "The Soul of a Man" [2002]

 

   


LISA RINZLER

 

Born: 30 November 1955, ?, New Jersey, USA.

Education: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. [Painting]; New York University's Tisch School of the Arts [graduated in 1978].

Career: Ph music videos.

Also active as still ph [e.g. photos for the book 'The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic', 2008, followed by the exhibition 'The Grass Is Green' in Santa Monica, 2010].

She is one of 30 women discussed in the book 'Great Women of Film' [2002, Helena Lumme & Mika Manninen], and was subject of the accompanying photography exhibition in February 2002.

Appeared in the doc's 'Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography' [1991] & 'Women Behind the Camera' [2001-06, Alexis Krasilovsky; Rinzler's interview seg ph by Jendra Jarnagin].

Awards: Independent Spirit Award [1994] for 'Menace II Society'; Sundance FF Cinematography Award [1999] & Independent Spirit Award [2000] for 'Three Seasons'; Women in Film 'Kodak Vision Award' [2000]; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2000] for 'Pollock'; 'Emmy' Award [2004] for 'Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues' [ep 'The Soul of a Man'].


Lisa Rinzler: 'A DP's job is to represent, embellish, and enhance the director's vision. But you never want to remove yourself, and all your experiences, from the equation. That's why syncing up with the director, finding a chemistry, is critical. 'Three Seasons', for example, was an enormously difficult, yet gratifying film. We were the first American feature to shoot in Vietnam, and they don't have the support system like we do here. Plans had to be scrapped or changed; the equipment was not what we're accustomed to. But even if a movie experiences some form of chaos, and that's practically every independent film [laughs], you still have a foundation to draw on. You have your creative belief system, coupled with the preparation you and your crew have worked so hard on, and they all come through for you. When time is short and every decision seems hurried, the combination of preparation and experience will get you through the storm. And I'm not talking about just getting the shot. I'm talking about doing beautiful, challenging work that everyone on the film can be proud of.' [From interview with David Geffner in 'MovieMaker', Issue #35.]


 

 FILMS

1982

Reverse Angle [: Ein Brief aus New York] [: NYC March '82] [Wim Wenders] 16mm/c; doc/17m

1983

Ohio at Giverny [Mary Lucier] v/b&w; exp short/19m; originally a two-channel, seven-monitor video installation

1983

Ohio at Giverny: Memory of Light [Mary Lucier] v/c; exp short/19m

1984

Lady [Robert Mapplethorpe] c; doc/5m

1985

Amateur Hour/I Was a Teenage TV Terrorist [Stanford Singer] 16mm-35bu/c

1986

Forever, Lulu/Crazy Streets/Für immer Lulu [Amos Kollek] c

1987

The Dead [John Huston] c; doc ph; ph: Fred Murphy

1987

[Behind the Screen: Stories of Cinema -] John Huston & the Dubliners [Lilyan Sievernich] 16mm/c; doc/60m

1987

No Sense of Crime [Julie Jacobs] 16mm/c; doc/30m

1988

Mr. Fixit [Topper Lilien] c; short/24m

1988

From Hollywood to Deadwood [Rex Pickett] c; addph; ph: Peter Deming

1988

True Love [Nancy Savoca] c; 2uc: John Hazard, Jeff Preiss, Susan Starr & Jeff Weyman

1990

The Abandon 58/Abandoned '58 [Michael Haussman] 16mm/c; short/28m

1990

Death By Unnatural Causes [Karen Bellone (a film by Karen Bellone and Lisa Rinzler)] b&w-c; exp short/18m

1991

Guncrazy [Tamra Davis] c; 2uc: Troy Smith & Rob Copeland

1992

Menace II Society [Albert & Allen Hughes] c; 2uc: John Demps; aph: Jon Kranhouse

1993

Bad Girls [Tamra Davis (replaced by Jonathan Kaplan)] started film with T. Davis, but replaced by ph Ralf D. Bode

1994

Lisbon Story/Viagem a Lisboa [Wim Wenders] b&w-c

1994

Alfama [Wim Wenders] c; music video/4m

1994

Dead Presidents [Albert & Allen Hughes] s35/c; 2uc: David Waterston

1995

Trees Lounge [Steve Buscemi] c

1995

Black Kites [Jo Andres] c; exp short/26m; 16mm projected film by J. Andres

1996

Urban Fairytale [Michelle Mahrer] b&w; short/15m

1996

In the House [Lisa Rinzler & Peter Stastny] 16mm/b&w-c; exp short/15m (3 seg: 'Donna', 'Nicholas' & 'Towana'); + co-prod

1997

Three Seasons/Ba mua [Tony Bui] c; 2uc: Jamie Maxtone-Graham

1998

Buena Vista Social Club [Wim Wenders] DigiBeta-to-35mm/c; doc/101m; ph New York; cph: Robby Müller (Amsterdam) & Jörg Widmer (Amsterdam & Cuba)

 

With dir Ed Harris - "Pollock"

 

1999

Pollock [Ed Harris] c

2001

Love Liza [Todd Louiso] c; 2uc: Sean Finnegan

2001

Welcome to Collinwood [Anthony & Joe Russo] s35/c; cph: Charles Minsky

2001

The Other Side of Joy [Randi Hoffmann] c; 64m

2002

The Guys [Jim Simpson] b&w-c; co-addph; ph: Maryse Alberti

2003

Lightning in a Bottle [Antoine Fuqua] b&w-c; concert film/109m; ph doc unit: Richard Pearce, Hart Perry & Greg Andracke; filmed on 7 February in the Radio City Music Hall, New York; presented by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

2003

Rick [Curtiss Clayton] dv-to-35mm/c

2003

Drifter [Lori Chodos] 16mm/c; short/32m; prod City College of New York

2003

The Realtor [Karen Bellone] c; short/26m; addph; ph: K. Bellone

2003

Drum [Zola Maseko] c

2004

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan [Martin Scorsese] b&w-c; mus doc/205m; cph: Oliver Bokelberg, Anghel Decca, Ellen Kuras, Maryse Alberti, Michael Spiller, a.o.; in USA also 2-part ep of PBS-tv series 'American Masters' (2005)

2004

Lymelife [Derick & Steve Martini] scheduled as ph, but film was ph by Frank Godwin in March 2008

2004

The War Within/Over the Mountains [Joseph Castelo] HD (Sony F900)-to-35mm/c; addph: Joseph White & David Leitner

2005

Behind Those Eyes [Alex Gibney] c; mus doc/98m; cph: Alan Deutsch, Jeff Myers, Rick Siegel, a.o.

2005

The Night Listener [Patrick Stettner] c

2005

Drunkboat [Bob Meyer] s16/c

2005

Gardener of Eden [Kevin Connolly] c

2006

Women Behind the Camera [Alexis Krasilovsky] c; doc/90m; seg Pillow Fight' (ph by Alan Smith) uses 16mm footage shot by L. Rinzler; filmed 2001-06

 

"Sleep Dealer"

 

2006

Sleep Dealer [Alex Rivera] s16+HD (Sony F900)-to-35mm)/c

2007

The Year of Getting to Know Us/Rocket [Patrick Sisam] c; addph (+ c.op 'b' cam): Brown Cooper

2007

2B/TransBeMan [Richard Kroehling] HD (Panasonic HDX-900)/c; 2uc: Dylan Verrechia

2008

An Invisible Sign [Marilyn Agrelo] s35/c

2009

Saving David Powell [Sally Norvell] c; doc/29m; cph: Eli Adler

2009

30 Beats [Alexis Lloyd] v-to-35mm/c; released in 2012

2009

Flor de Muertos/Flower of the Dead [Danny Vinik] HD/c; concert film + doc/91m

2009

American Passages [Ruth Beckermann] dv-to-35mm/c; doc/120m; cph: Antoine Parouty; addph: Johannes Hammel & Eric Goover; filmed 2009-10

 

[Right] with Martha Davis - "Doctors of the Dark Side"

 

2010

Doctors of the Dark Side [Martha Davis] HD (Canon EOS)/c; doc/74m

2011

Close Your Eyes [Sonia Malfa] 35mm+HD-to-digital/c; short/15m

2011

BMW: Bombay's Most Wanted [Aditya Bhattacharya] c; filmed 2011-12

2012

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God [Alex Gibney] ?-to-digital/c; doc + dram re-enactments/106m; addph: Mike Gillis & Samuel Painter; also aired on HBO-tv

2012

Liquid Tara [Jo Andres] c; exp short/9m; 2nd cam: Christina Massey

2012

Ana Tijoux in Arizona [Alex Rivera] c; mus short/4m; addph: Daniel Devivo

2012

City of Joy [Madeleine Gavin] c; doc/74m; cph: Taylor Krauss; add cam: Chris Babiana, Sam Cullman, M. Gavin, Revocatus Namegabe; released in 2016

2013

Missing People [David Shapiro] c; doc/76m

2013

N(e)ig(h)g(bo)ers - A Play with C(art)oons by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins [a film by Karen Bellone & Lisa Rinzler] b&w-c; doc/22m; addph: Craig Takahashi & Ashley Stern

2013

The Unattainable Story/The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable [Emilia Ferreira] HD (ARRI ALEXA + Sony F55 & PMW-EX1-R)+s16/c

2014

The Lennon Report [Jeremy Profe] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c

2014

Hitchcock / Truffaut [Kent Jones] HD-to-digital/b&w-c; doc/79m; ph New York; cph New York: Nick Bentgen & Daniel Cowen; ph Paris, France: Éric Gautier; ph Los Angeles: Mihai Malaimare Jr.; ph Tokyo: Genta Tamaki

2015

Don't Blink - Robert Frank [Laura Israel] b&w-c; doc/82m; add cam: Edward Lachman, L. Israel, Alex Bingham, Tom Jarmusch & Andrew Lampert; in memory of Harris Savides

2015

She Enters the Room 7 Times [Richard Kroehling] c; short/15m

2016

Cabaret Maxime [Bruno de Almeida] c

 

 TELEVISION

1986

William Carlos Williams [Richard P. Rogers] doc/56m/16mm; cph: R.P. Rogers & Jerry Cotts; ep PBS-tv series 'Voices and Visions'

1988

Teach 109 [Richard Kletter] tvm/25m; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse Triple Play'

1989

Warhol's Cinema: Mirror for the Sixties [Keith Griffiths] doc/b&w-c/64m

1993

Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and Their 'Johns' [Beeban Kidron] doc/85m

1999

World Without End [Richard Kroehling] doc + fiction/b&w-c/?m

2000

Confessions [prod: Richard Kroehling & Eric Nadler] reality series; other ph: Drew Harty; for truTV

2001

The Blues [ep 'Feel Like Going Home' dir by Martin Scorsese] 7-part mus doc series/DVcam; addph; ph: Arthur Jafa; for PBS-tv

2002

[Martin Scorsese Presents] The Blues [ep 'The Soul of a Man' dir by Wim Wenders] DVcam+35mm (hand-cranked)+16mm-to-35mm/b&w-c/105m; see 2001; also in theatres

2002

Covered Girls [Janet McIntyre & Amy Wendel] doc/21m/DigiBeta; also seg of 'Reflections from Ground Zero' (9 seg); prod Kanbar Institute of Film and Television

2002

Are You Comfortable? [prod: Lesli Klainberg] pilot for talk show (with John Lurie); for the Independent Film Channel

2003

Taking Vegas [Richard Kroehling] doc/44m/v; cph: Drew Harty & Reuben O'Malley; ep truTV series 'The Investigators'/'Crime Stories'

2009

Treme [pilot (80m) 'Do You Know What It Means' dir by Agnieszka Holland] 36-part series, 2010-13; 1st season, 2010 (10 ep); other ph: Irek Hartowicz (cph pilot), Ivan Strasburg & Russell Fine (ph New York)

2010

Public Speaking [Martin Scorsese] doc/84m/HD; addph; ph: Ellen Kuras; premiered on HBO-tv

2012

Park Avenue - Money, Power and the American Dream [Alex Gibney] doc/54m/HD; cph: Ronan Killeen; addph: Maryse Alberti, Jon Else, Darren Lew, a.o.; in USA ep of PBS-tv series 'Independent Lens'

2013

The 50 Year Argument [Martin Scorsese & David Tedeschi] doc/b&w-c/97m/HD (Canon EOS C300); addph: Ellen Kuras, Mark Carey & Albert Maysles; festivals, BBC-tv ('Arena') & HBO-tv (2014)

2014

Brillo Box (3¢ off) [Lisanne Skyler] doc/40m; cph: Minos Papas & Byron Shah

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1978

The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody [Stephen Foreman; tvm/29m] co-electrician; ph: Fred Murphy

1980

Fist of Fear, Touch of Death/The Dragon and the Cobra [Matthew Mallinson] c.asst; ph: John  Hazard

1980

Possum Living [Nancy Schreiber; doc] c.asst; ph: N. Schreiber

1980

The Ghost Dance [Peter F. Buffa] 2nd c.asst; ph: Fred Murphy

1981

Rites of Passing [Nancy Schreiber; co-d: Peter Polymenakos; dance film] co-spec thanks; ph: N. Schreiber

1981

Conversations with Willard Van Dyke [Amalie R. Rothschild] co-c.asst; ph: Tom McDonough

1982

Eddie and the Cruisers [Martin Davidson] c.asst; ph: Fred Murphy

1982

Girls Nite Out/The Scaremaker [Robert Deubel] c.asst; ph: Joe Rivers

1983

Seeing Red [: Stories of American Communists] [James Klein & Julia Reichert; doc] c.asst; ph: Sandi Sissel, a.o.

1983

Sessions [Richard Pearce; tvm] co-c.asst; ph: Fred Murphy

1983

Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer [Bill Persky; tvm] 2nd c.asst; ph: Fred Murphy

1984

Key Exchange [Barnet Kellman] c.asst; ph: Fred Murphy

2010

George Harrison: Living in the Material World [Martin Scorsese; doc] co-c.op; ph: Martin Kenzie & Robert Richardson; prod started filming late 2007; premiered in 2-parts on HBO-tv (2011)

2011

America Time Moving & Storage [Karen Bellone & Lisa Rinzler] 8-part (designed to stand alone) photography/film/video installation; 1st part is a 8m/b&w-c film, 'Wheel of Life' (360° arc projection)

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

19??

World Citizen [?]

1996

In the House [co-d; + co-prod/ph] see Films

2011

America Time Moving & Storage [co-d: Karen Bellone] see Miscellaneous

2013

N(e)ig(h)g(bo)ers - A Play with C(art)oons by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins [co-d: Karen Bellone] see Films