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 for Chain 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 recently filmed the FX series Better Things, starring Pamela Adlon in 2016. She also shot the Spring 2016 ABC series The Family, starring Joan Allen along with Rupert Graves and Allison Pill. She previously photographed HBO series The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow and Christopher Guest's Family Tree; pilots for In 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 recently named the 2017 ASC Presidents Award recipient, and will receive the honor at their 31st ASC Awards gala in February, 2017. She 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.
Fugly - Movie Review. "Alfredo De Villa, who worked with Leguizamo on Nothing Like the Holidays, directs the unwieldy mix with energy, and the accomplished director of photography Nancy Schreiber gives the New York locations a low-key freshness. The sporadic use of animation by Bill Plympton is more whimsical-decorative than edgy."
Fugly - Movie Review. "Alfredo De Villa's felicitous direction has a beautiful, improvisatory looseness to it, and also incorporates animated drawings, lending it a graphic comic immediacy. Nancy Schreiber's very handsome, deep-toned cinematography gives Fugly! a rich look, rare in indie comedy."
It's A Disaster - LAFF Film Review. "This movie makes the most of it's single location, thanks to the fluent camerawork of accomplished cinematographer, Nancy Schreiber."
Every Day - Movie Review. "Set in New York with Ned split between work in the city and life in the burbs, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber ("Your Friends & Neighbors," "Serious Moonlight") intensifies the distance between them - moving in close to capture the claustrophobia at home, and pulling back to create space and breathing room at work, with Ned awash in open space as things heat up with Robin (Gugino)."
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“Schreiber's extraordinary sharp lensing captures the distinctive yellow-brown palette of the Southwest.”Scorpion Spring, VARIETY
“Nancy Schreiber's slick and dark cinematography fuses the emotional electricity...”Kiss Me a Killer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Her impressive long shots convey the vastness of the land...and her sensuous camera contributes immensely to the pic's sexual allure.”Girl in the Cadillac, Emanuel Levy, VARIETY
“Tech credits are fine down the line...Nancy Schreiber's camera, alert and textured.”Lush Life, Derek Elley, VARIETY
“There are mmoments of exquisite, sombre half-lighting, just right for the uncertain needs of its characters and one link up, of voyeurs at their windows is both the loneliest and funniest sex scene of the year.”Chain of Desire, A.L., THE NEW YORKER
“Nancy Schreiber's camera, her astute eye for color and composition lending a slick visual panache that puts the thrifty but amply-functional 1960's production design in a good light.”Deadbeat, David Rooney, VARIETY
“Nancy Schreiber's lensing superbly captures the colors and moods of Gotham...”Chain of Desire, Todd McCarthy, VARIETY
“With luminious, inventive cinematography by Nancy Schreiber, one of the few female cinematographers toiling in features...Lopez's first non-experimental feature film is audience-friendly, but determinedly provocative.”Chain of Desire, The Art of Film, LA READER
“[The film] possesses a flowing, graceful style and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber brings a burnished, moody glow to his sleek, sensual images of Manhattan.”Chain of Desire, Kevin Thomas, LA TIMES
“A disquieting power to the work - visual compositions are striking and well-photographed by Nancy Schreiber.”Chain of Desire, David Kronke, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER