Alum Cinematographer Wolfgang Held's (FMA '92) work is honored with an Oscar!

Alum Cinematographer Wolfgang Held's (FMA '92) work is honored with an Oscar!

Feb 10 2020

By Matthew Green

We are so excited to share that the film “THE NEIGHBORS' WINDOW” , for which Wolfgang Held (MFA Film & Media Arts '92) acted as Director of Photography, won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short! 

The film, inspired by a true story, was written and directed by the Oscar-nominated Marshall Curry. “‘THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW’ tells the story of Alli , a mother of young children who has grown frustrated with her daily routine and husband. But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers that she can see into their apartment.”

Held is an "Emmy-winning Director of Photography […who] has photographed many indie movies and documentary features. Filming all over the globe, Held has been exploring both documentary and fiction filmmaking, in search of authenticity and truth. 

He has photographed many narrative films, including Sacha Baron Cohen's hit comedy BRUNO; THE TIC CODE, directed by the late Gary Winick; and Rob Morrow's MAZE, starring Academy Award Nominee Laura Linney. He has also photographed numerous award-winning documentaries including Marshall Curry's RACING DREAMS; the PBS series CARRIER, for which he won an Emmy for Cinemtography; CHILDREN UNDERGROUND; METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER; the Showtime series THE FOURTH ESTATE; Alex Gibney's ENEMIES; and a 9-hour Netflix docuseries UNTITLED JUSTICE in collaboration with The Innocence Project.

Held is the co-founder the Kamera Kollektiv,, a group of New York cameramen and women who share their love for cinematic, socially-conscious filmmaking.”

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