There is only one Ellen Kuras. A trailblazer with an infectious spirit.
A Director/Cinematographer whose influential, eclectic signature crosses multiple genres, from scripted narrative to commercials to documentary and music films. Respected for her resourcefulness, ingenuity and making the impossible look effortless, most notably in her mind-bending cinematography in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Kuras works with BBDO NY, Wieden & Kennedy and Nike, Honda and Apple.
Kuras can break every rule with a nuanced, poetic approach to emotion. Her directorial debut THE BETRAYAL: NERAKHOON won an Emmy and was nominated for an Academy Award. Filmed over an astonishing 23 years, it documents one refugee family’s journey from war-torn Laos to the mean streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn after the Vietnam war.
For Studios, Kuras directed episodes of George Clooney’s Catch 22, Ozark and The Umbrella Academy. She is currently on Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix series Inventing Anna, whilst also set to direct the Lee Miller biopic about the Vogue cover model turned WWII correspondent starring Kate Winslet. Kuras is also helming an ambitious, global documentary series about life during the pandemic across 50 countries with The Corner Shop.
One of the rare women invited into The American Society of Cinematographers and an unprecedented three-time recipient of Sundance’s Best Dramatic Cinematography Award, Kuras’ A-list collaborations include Netflix’s Pretend It’s A City with Fran Liebowitz (Martin Scorsese), Coffee & Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch) and Away We Go (Sam Mendes).