Laela Kilbourn

Brooklyn, New York

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Director of photography Laela Kilbourn has accumulated documentary feature credits including Best Cinematography award winner SWIM TEAM, and seven Sundance Film Festival competition premieres, such as DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award winner THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY, Peabody Award winning HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, and Emmy nominated WORD WARS. She was profiled in the ICG Magazine feature "Generation Next” and in Indiewire’s "8 More Female Cinematographers You Should Know About”. She also shot SYNC OR SWIM, winner of the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women's Sports Foundation, and filmed History's eleven part docuseries SANDHOGS. She has worked on projects for HBO, FX, NBC, PBS, Netflix, Hulu, Epix, Amazon, AMC, A&E, TBS, Nick Jr., NickMom, ESPN, History, MTV, VH1, WeTV, Trio, TruTV, and TVOne. Her narrative work includes the recent feature DEATH OF A FOOL and the award-winning short films JUNE WEDDINGS, BAR TALK, and HIC! OPEN A DOOR IN THE USA. She was camera operator on Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK, Amazon's JACK RYAN, the FX series THE AMERICANS, and HBO’s DIVORCE. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 600, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards), New York Women in Film & Television, and the International Collective of Female Cinematographers, Laela has served as a juror for the Brooklyn International Film Festival, as a panelist on documentary cinematography at the Canon Creative Studio and at DOC NYC PRO, and as a guest speaker at the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies program at The New School. She has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University.

I have been in the industry since 1993.


Director of Photography – Death of a Fool

Feature – Rabbit Hole Pictures, Fuacata Films

Director of Photography – This Is Home: A Refugee Story

Feature – Epix, Blumhouse, Gidalya Pictures

Director of Photography – Swim Team

Feature – POV-PBS, Woodland Park Productions

Director of Photography – Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul

Feature – Maine Public Television, Films by Huey

Director of Photography – Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web

Feature – Gravitas Ventures, Decoding Pictures Ltd.

Director of Photography – How to Dance in Ohio

Feature – HBO, Blumhouse, Gidalya Pictures

Director of Photography – Sandhogs

Television – History Channel, Eyepop Productions

Director of Photography – American Teen

Feature – Paramount Vantage, A&E IndieFilms,

Director of Photography – Sync or Swim

Feature – Synchromovie Productions

Director of Photography – Word Wars

Feature – Discovery Times Channel, 7th Art

Camera Operator – Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

Television – Amazon Studios

Camera Operator – Castle Rock

Television – Hulu

Camera Operator – Deception

Television – ABC

Camera Operator – Divorce

Television – HBO

Camera Operator – The Americans

Television – FX

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