Nancy Schreiber is an award winning cinematographer based in both New York and Los Angeles. She came up through the ranks as an electrician and gaffer, working in commercials features and documentaries for such directors and producers as Martha Coolidge, Michael Hausman, and Richard Pearce.
Nancy Schreiber was voted into membership into the prestigious American Society Of Cinematographers over a decade ago, the fourth female in the organization’s history. Well regarded in the industry, Schreiber was chosen as the director of photography on Visions Of Light, a stunning documentary on the art of cinematography, an early Hi-Definition Film.
Schreiber was honored with the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance, with the film November, directed by Greg Harrison and starring Courteney Cox. Schreiber shared the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance for My America…Or Honk If You Love Buddah. She also garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography on the acclaimed Celluloid Closet for HBO. In addition, Schreiber was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award forChain of Desire, and was recognized in 2000 by Variety as one of “10 DPs to Watch”.
Schreiber has filmed numerous features which premiered at Sundance, including The Nines for John August, with Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy; Motherhood with Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver; and Loverboy, directed by Kevin Bacon, with Kyra Sedgwick, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, and Marissa Tomei.
Films Schreiber shot which premiered at Tribeca before their theatrical releases include Serious Moonlight directed by Cheryl Hines, with Meg Ryan, Tim Hutton, and Kristin Bell; and Every Day, directed by Richard Levine, with Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Eddie Izzard. Schreiber also photographed the critically acclaimed Your Friends and Neighbors for director Neil LaBute; the jazz film Lush Life starring Jeff Goldblum and Forest Whitaker; a YouTube web series for Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia; and American Gun, which garnered Independent Spirit Award nominations for Marcia Gay Harden, Forest Whitaker and for Best Feature.
Schreiber has two films in post production: Folk Hero and >Funny Guy, directed by Jeff Grace and featuring Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, David Cross, and Heather Morris, as well as Kepler’s Dream, directed by Amy Glaser, with Holland Taylor and Kelly Lynch. Silver Skies, directed by Rosemary Rodriguez with George Hamilton and Valerie Perrine is just hitting the festival circuit and should be released in 2016. Two films were recently in theaters:Between Us, with Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, and Melissa George; and It’s A Disaster, a comedy with America Ferrara, David Cross and Julia Stiles, an LA film festival premiere 2012.
Schreiber is no stranger to the music world, keeping busy shooting over 100 commercials and music videos for recording artists such as Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Reba McEntire, Van Morrison, and Sting. She was the DP on the HBO/Amnesty International World Tour Film starring Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman. Her work can also be seen on the documentaries Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Paradise Lost 2 and 3 for HBO, Woody Allen for American Masters, the Dixie Chicks’ Shut Up And Sing, and And the Oscar Goes To…, directed by her long-time collaborators Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
In the world of television Schreiber is currently filming an ABC series entitled The Family, scheduled to air in Spring 2016. Joan Allen stars along with Rupert Graves and Allison Pill. She previously photographed HBO series The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow and Christopher Guest’s Family Tree; pilots forIn Plain Sight for USA Cable/NBC and Filthy Gorgeous for Showtime, starring Isabella Rosselini. Schreiber also shot several episodes of The Client List for Lifetime, including the season three finale.
Schreiber was honored with the Kodak Vision Award at the Women in Film Crystal Awards and received a 2011 Athena Award in New York City. She has served on the Sundance Dramatic Jury, Los Angeles Film Festival Jury, as well as the AFI Film Festival Jury. Nancy Schreiber recently taught advanced cinematography at American Film Institute and has guest lectured frequently in each of the New York and Los Angeles Film Schools. She served previously on the Board of Governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers, the Women In Film Foundation Board, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.