Cinematographer Rachel Morrison will be presented with the Kodak Vision Award at the 2013 Women In Film (WIF) Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles 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,” Morrison said.
“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 added. “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,” Kodak’s Lorette Bayle said. “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.”
L.A.-based Morrison has emerged as a refreshing, young talent in independent cinema, channeling emotion into arresting imagery. Her work is haunting at times and elegant 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’s untimely death at the hands of a police officer in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, Calif. Fruitvale Station hits theaters July 26.
Morrison lensed two additional Sundance premieres: Sound of My Voice and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. In 2012, she helped 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.