The American Society of Cinematographers

Loyalty • Progress • Artistry

Feature-Length Documentary


July 31, 2007

Women Behind the Camera is the first documentary to examine the lives, work and challenges of camerawomen around the globe, including camerawomen who survive the odds in Hollywood, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, the U.S. and other countries. Thomas McKenny of the International Cinematographers Guild has called it "an important film for everyone who collaborates on motion pictures and all who watch them. The most world-wide film since Winged Migration." The camerawomen in the film range from top pioneers, like African-American camerawoman Jessie Maple Patton, who had to sue the union and television networks to get Shu Shi Jun, who traveled throughout the New China as Mao Ze Don's Ellen Kuras, ASC (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) Rozette Ghaderi, one of the first camerawomen in Iran, who shot a film about chemical warfare in Kurdistani Iraq.

After six years of production around the world, the new feature-length documentary will hold its North American Premiere at the Moondance International Film Festival, Universal Studios CityWalk Theater III, Sunday, Sept. 9, 1:30 PM, Hollywood. (A Q&A will follow.)

“I’m excited that the North American premiere of Women Behind the Camera is taking place in Hollywood, where there are so many talented camerawomen in need of recognition,” the film's director Alexis Krasilovsky said. “We are hopeful that this film will encourage the film and television industries to increase the numbers of camerawomen beyond the less than five percent who shoot the top 250 films today by encouraging the decision makers to set timetables, establish mentorship programs and pro-actively solicit the reels of camerawomen and minorities.”