About Me

Chris Hilleke is a filmmaker who's been making motion pictures in one way or another for more than two decades. As a die-hard independent he writes, edits, scores and directs but it's his cinematography that's kept food on the table and small budgets available for his own films. Over the years he's traveled the world shooting everything from corporate video, commercials, reality tv and focus groups to short and feature-length narrative and documentary films.

Some of his more notable feature-length contributions of cinematography include the thriller, "A Horrible Way to Die" by longtime collaborator Adam Wingard, a sex comedy, "Autoerotic" by Joe Swanberg and, most recently, the HBO documentary "Gideon's Army", the PBS Independent Lens documentary "Trapped" both directed by Dawn Porter and both winning awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

His corporate clients have included (to name only a few) Converse, Under Armour, John Deere, HBO, Regions Bank and Mercedes-Benz and his work has been seen through conduits such as IFC, TLC, Food Network, HGTV, Netflix, Anchor Bay and HBO.

Between gigs as a DP he's managed to produce a slue of his own award-winning narrative and documentary short films including the 2009 Sidewalk Film Festival's Audience Choice Award Winner "Some of What I Know About Tommy" which follows a man struggling with Paranoid Schizophrenia in Hilleke's home neighborhood, Five Points South.

You can view most of his short films at his website below.

I have been in the industry since 1994.


Director of Photography – Without A Net

May, 2021 — July, 2021
Feature – MGM/Dawn Porter (Trilogy Films & Industrial Media)

Director of Photography – The Third Saturday in October

October, 2020 — February, 2021
Feature – Jay Burleson

B Cam Op/2nd Unit DP – Jacob's Wife

February, 2020 — March, 2020
Feature – Travis Stevens

Director of Photography – Third Saturday in October Part 5

October, 2019 — February, 2020
Feature – Jay Burleson

Director of Photography – The Golden One

June, 2019 — June, 2019
Feature – A24/Ted Speaker

B Cam Op/2nd Unit DP – Sword of Trust

May, 2018 — May, 2017
Feature – Lynn Shelton

Director of Photography – Song of Solomon

July, 2016 — July, 2016
Feature – Unearthed Films/Steven Biro

Director of Photography – "Q" from the ABC's of Death

May, 2012 — May, 2012
Short Film – Adam Wingard/Drafthouse

Director of Photography – Trapped

March, 2011 — August, 2014
Feature – Dawn Porter/PBS

Director of Photography – A Horrible Way to Die

February, 2010 — March, 2010
Feature – Adam Wingard

Director of Photography – Gideon's Army

April, 2009 — February, 2012
Feature – Dawn Porter/HBO

Work with Chris Hilleke

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