Svetlana Cvetko is an award winning cinematographer with a dual focus in documentary and fiction. Her films have premiered at Cannes, Sundance and SXSW. Her credits include Inside Job, which received the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary, as well as Inequality For All, which garnered a Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2013.
Svetlana’s early career began in fashion and editorial photography, and in keeping with this tradition, she manages to bring a polished sense of style to even the most serious of documentary subjects. The New York Times wrote that her “clean wide-screen cinematography provides an aesthetic polish” and Pete Hammond of Deadline Hollywood called her sharp cinematography “perfect”. Svetlana’s work has also been featured in American Cinematographer magazine.
She is best known for her lensing of documentaries, recent films include:
– Oscar winner Inside Job, best documentary (2011) Sony Picture Classics
– Russell Brand: A Second Coming, SXSW Opening Film (2015)
– Red Army, Official Premiere Screening, Cannes (2014) Sony Picture Classics
– Oscar nominee Facing Fear, Best Doc Short Subject (2014) Pivot
– Inequality For All, Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival (2013) RadiusTWC / Weinstein Co
– Miss Representation, Sundance Film Festival (2012) OWN Network
– Enlighten Us, Tribeca (2016) CNN Films
– Silicon Cowboys, SXSW (2016) FilmRise
In addition to establishing herself as one of the leading documentary cinematographers, Svetlana has shot the following narrative features:
– Untitled: starring Adam Goldberg (2010)
– Daddy: starring Gerald McCullouch (2016)
– The Architect: starring Parker Posey, currently in post production (2016)
Svetlana splits her time between LA and NYC. She travels extensively for both work and pleasure, and continues to capture her life experiences through her camera’s lens.