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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Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More
March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
February 12, 2019

March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

We've got two weekend workshops coming up in March to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills. Read More