Aug. 25

12:00 PM
Live on Facebook


Cinematography Conversation: Eric Branco, Michael Fernandez and Shawn Peters

Join Eric Branco (Forty-Year-Old Version, 2020), Michael Fernandez (The Burial of Kojo, 2019), and Shawn Peters (Random Acts of Flyness, 2018) as they discuss craft, style, and tapping into the ethereal and sensory dimensions intrinsic to script and story. These prolific cinematographers will show select scenes from recent work, allowing us to peek into the process of bringing personal artistic accents to the emotional and visual tenor of the scene thereby creating the perfect shot and ultimately serving the work’s narrative trajectory.

This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live with closed captioning on August 25th from this web page as well as BlackStar’s Facebook page.




Shawn Peters


Shawn Peters is a cinematographer and storyteller represented by the William Morris Agency, listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film in 2016, and is a Sundance Institute Fellow for 2016. Parts of his work can be seen at shawnpeters.com. He started shooting music videos for artists like Pharoahe Monch, Blitz the Ambassador, Michelle Williams, Bilal, and Alicia Keys. That led to commercial and narrative work with directors Rhys Ernst, Sam De Jong, Terence Nance, Sebastian Silva, Daniel Kaufman and Andrew Renzi. Films that Shawn has worked on have premiered at Sundance, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. In the last two years Shawn lensed three feature narrative films Goldie, for VICE Features, and Adam, produced by James Schamus, Really Love, for Charles King’s MACRO, and an HBO television series, Random Acts of Flyness, produced and directed by Terence Nance. Shawn was awarded a 2015 Creative Capital Award for his AR/VR project, The Art of Dying Young and has been invited to present at the Sea Idea Festival, the Future of Storytelling Summit 2016, and IFP Week 2106.



Michael Fernandez


Michael Fernandez is Cinematographer from California’s Central Valley. Son of a migrant cotton picker from the Southern Delta, Michael learned photography from his father who documented the everyday life and beauty of their working class family and has since carried on this way of seeing the world where magic realism and working class testimonials intersect.



Eric Branco


Eric Branco is a native of New York City, who attended The Bronx High School of Science and the School of Visual Arts before beginning his career in film. Branco has lensed several feature films including V/H/S (dir. Glenn McQuaid), and Clemency (dir. Chinonye Chukwu), which took home the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. He recently lensed The 40-Year-Old Version (dir. Radha Blank), winner of the Best Narrative Directing award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. He has also shot numerous short films, such as Night Shift (dir. Marshall Tyler), The River (dir. Sam Handel), Moths & Butterflies (dir. Alfonso Johnson), and The Compositor (dir. John Mattiuzzi), winner of a Student Academy Award. Branco’s work has screened at festivals worldwide, including Sundance, TriBeCa, Toronto International Film Festival, Slamdance and SXSW. He was recently named one of Variety’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch” 2019, and one of American Cinematographer’s “Rising Stars of Cinematography” 2020. Eric lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. In the before-times, they could usually be found out and about at baseball games, restaurants, or museums… But these days, they’re mostly found at home.