Jerry Risius


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.

Faculty News view all

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