Laela Kilbourn

Laela Kilbourn

Director of Photography
Full Bio
Director of photography Laela Kilbourn has accumulated feature credits including Best Cinematography award winner SWIM TEAM, and seven Sundance Film Festival documentary competition premieres, such as DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award winner THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY, Peabody Award winning HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, and Emmy nominated WORD WARS. She also shot SYNC OR SWIM, winner of the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women’s Sports Foundation, and filmed History’s eleven part docuseries SANDHOGS. Her award-winning narrative work includes CRABS IN A BARREL, featured on HBO Max; THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF QUEENS, awarded Best Narrative Short Film at Katra Latinx Festival; PARK SLOPE MOMS, winner of the NYWIFT/iWomanTV Best Dark Comedy and Audience awards; DEATH OF A FOOL; and JUNE WEDDINGS. She has worked on projects for FX, NBC, PBS, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Epix, Amazon, AMC, A&E, TBS, Nick Jr., NickMom, ESPN, Disney, History, MTV, VH1, and WeTV. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 60

Professional Credits
Director of Photography CRABS IN A BARREL (HBOMax, 3 Percent Films, Fuacata Films)

Director of Photography TIPPING THE PAIN SCALE (Vivifi Films) Audience Award winner, Maui International Film Festival

Director of Photography DEATH OF A FOOL (Amazon Prime Video, Rabbit Hole Pictures, Fuacata Films)

Director of Photography THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY (Epix, Gidalya Pictures, Blumhouse), DuPont-Columbia Jourmalism Award Winner, Audience Award Winner Sundance Film Festival

Director of Photography SWIM TEAM (POV on PBS, Netflix, Argot Pictures, Woodland Park Productions), Christopher Award Winner, Best Cinematography Award Winner WIDF

Director of Photography HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO (HBO, Gidalya Pictures), Peabody Award winner

Director of Photography AMERICAN TEEN (Paramount Vantage, A&E IndieFilms)

Director of Photography WORD WARS (Discovery Times Channel, 7th Art Releasing), Emmy Award nominee

Director of Photography TRIAL BY FIRE - LIVES REFORGED (Pyewackitt Productio
Industry Awards
Best Feature Cinematography for SWIM TEAM, Wales International Documentary Festival 2017
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