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 20 year career dedicated to documentary filmmaking. His clients include: HBO, Showtime, PBS (Frontline, NOVA, Nature, Wide-Angle, Independent Lens),National Geographic, Discovery, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughters.

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Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available
April 04, 2018

Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available

Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels), Richard Hankin (The Jinx), Deborah Dickson (Ruthie & Connie), Ann Collins (Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold), Tom Hurwitz, ASC (Queen of Versailles) confirmed faculty; what you will learn, and more!

 
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Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 30, 2018

Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 7) are invited to apply for the first ever SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.
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Spring Festivals!
March 20, 2018

Spring Festivals!

Spring feels like Festival Season & we are zipping around North America this month with films from our prolific faculty and alumni. SocDocers are attending many festivals – we hope to see you around!
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Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview
February 14, 2018

Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview

We are launching our first summer intensive - a two-week ‘Mini-SocDoc’ for emerging filmmakers to polish their skills as directors. Read More