newportFILM announced today a new program to provide support and mentorship to documentary cinematographers. The newportFILM lab, developed in consultation with Sean Flynn, Co-Founder and Program Director at Points North Institute, will host seven emerging filmmakers for a weekend long retreat October 18th – 20th offering master classes on cinematography. 

Shana Hagan (Director of Photography, The Kingmaker, Generation Wealth, The Queen of Versailles), Nelson Hume (Director of Photography, Long Strange Trip, Happy Valley, Whitney) and Robb Moss (Harvard University, Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies) will serve as mentors. Many of the films these mentors worked on have been screened by newportFILM to the local community. Accepted participants in this year’s program include Nausheen Dadabhoy, Jessica Earnshaw, Lucas Guilkey, Dana Kalmey, Robert Kolodny, Souki Mehdaoui and Christina Shaman.  

In this intimate, focused environment, these filmmakers will discuss their process, share their current projects with peers and receive critiques from mentors and leaders in the industry.  The inaugural year will be hosted at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.


newportFILM Artistic Director Andrea van Beuren stated, “We’ve been interested in expanding our reach into the broader documentary community and noticed that there were not many opportunities for young cinematographers in the early stages of their career to be offered strategic guidance. We were thrilled to have recently received an incredibly generous grant that enabled us to start this program.”

Filmmaker Shana Hagan added, “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the inaugural newportFILM Lab’s Documentary Cinematography Master Class.  I love being part of the growing documentary community that thrives on great storytelling from a diversity of perspectives.  This is an incredible opportunity to work with talented filmmakers and support them in their journey to find their own voices.”

For more information, visit www.newportfilm.com

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