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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March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
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March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

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Fall 2019 info sessions
October 24, 2018

Fall 2019 info sessions

Interested in human stories?  Connected to social justice issues?  Explore the potential of a career in documentary storytelling at SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Read More
Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC
October 17, 2018

Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC

Fall begins and we’re excited to find some of our alumni and faculty’s new films at Doc NYC this year! Come and join us to watch some amazing films - grab some friends!Read More