Jerry Risius

Cinematographer

Jerry Risius, Cinematographer

Classes taught:
Cinematography and Sound II

Jerry Risius was born on a farm on the Iowa side of the Iowa/Minnesota border. He grew up working on the family farm, went to the University of Iowa and then joined the Peace Corps/Ecuador in the mid-80s. In 1990, he moved to NYC and began to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. He worked with many talented producers and directors of photography as a camera assistant, and after purchasing a super 16mm camera, he soon began to shoot. Presently, he has over a 25 year career dedicated to documentary filmmaking.  His clients include: CNN: Parts Unknown, CNN Original Films, HBO, Showtime, PBS (Frontline, NOVA, Nature, Wide-Angle, Independent Lens, POV), National Geographic, BBC, among others.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughters and has been recognized for his work in festivals around the world and the Television Academy.

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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
Fall 2020 Info Sessions
October 15, 2019

Fall 2020 Info Sessions

Ready to incite change and amplify the compelling stories you find in the world? Our graduate documentary film program sharpens your artistic voice. Read More
SocDoc Faculty Films Airing Now!
October 09, 2019

SocDoc Faculty Films Airing Now!

SVA MFA Documentary Faculty prides itself on the fact that our entire faculty are working filmmakers. And, they are busy! Here’s a rundown of just some of our faculty’s recent films. Click the links to watch the films & find out more! Read More
9th Annual Thesis Showcase Films
September 24, 2019

9th Annual Thesis Showcase Films

Celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 9th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 9, the class of 2019! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspire and a Read More