Tom Hurwitz, ASC


Tom Hurwitz, ASC, Cinematographer

Classes taught:
Cinematography and Sound I , Cinematography and Sound II

Tom Hurwitz is one of America's most honored documentary cinematographers. Winner of two Emmy Awards, and the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography, Hurwitz has photographed films that have won 4 Academy Awards and several more nominations (most recently for DANCEMAKER and KILLING IN THE NAME). His features and television programs have won dozens of awards: Emmy, Dupont, Peabody, Directors Guild and film festival awards for Best Documentary, over the last 35 years; most recently were Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Specials for the PBS show JEROME ROBBINS and the PBS series FRANKLIN, and Sundance Awards for QUEEN OF VERSAILLES and LOVE FREE OR DIE. He was director of photography on all of these. He is also DP for CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS, which premiered and is now streaming on Showtime; and STUDIO 54, which was released theatrically in Fall 2018.

Tom was the first documentary cinematographer to be inducted into the honor society - American Society of Cinematographers. He is also a founding member of the faculty of MFA/SocDoc. In the rest of his life: For 30 years, he has been a verger, or lay-liturgist at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the Jungian analyst Margaret Klenck. He has three grown children and five grandchildren.

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SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020
February 13, 2020

SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020

Winter is nearly behind us which means its time to kick off the 2020 festival season! 

SocDoc has a strong showing at South By Southwest this year. So if you' Read More
Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops
January 15, 2020

Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops

Interested in improving your documentary skills? Here are five workshops which can give you a whole range of skills to explore the wonderland of documentary. Whatever your professional background, these small classes will provide targeted and hands-o Read More
Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!
January 14, 2020

Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!

The SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 has announced their line up, which includes seven SocDoc titles!

In the US Documentary Competition, three of the sixteen selected features have SocDoc Alumni and Faculty on crew:
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DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!
October 21, 2019

DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!

We are thrilled to see so many SocDoc filmmakers a part of this year’s DOC NYC line-up! DOC NYC, America's largeset documentary festival, is entering it's tenth year, November 6-15, 2019. We are proud long-time supporters of the festiva Read More