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Schreiber, Nancy


Born in Detroit, MI. Education: Studied psychology and art history at the University of Michigan.


Agent—Montana Artists Agency, 7715 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046.


Cinematographer and camera operator. Began film career as a production assistant, best boy electric, and gaffer on films and television commercials; served as a cinematographer on over one hundred music videos for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Sting, and Billy Idol. American Film Institute, adjunct professor, 1993-94.


American Society of Cinematographers.

Awards, Honors:

Independent Spirit Award nomination, best cinematography, Independent Features Project, 1994, for Chain of Desire; Golden Frog nomination, Camerimage, 1994, for Dead Beat; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding individual achievement—informational programming, 1996, for The Celluloid Closet; Vision Award, Women in Film Crystal Awards, 1997; Cinematography Award—dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, 2004, for November.


Film Cinematographer:

Different Drummer-Elvin Jones, 1979.

Possum Living, 1980.

The Last to Know, New Day Films, 1981.

Ladykiller, 1986.

Promises to Keep, 1988.

Interior Decorator from Hell, 1988.

Painting the Town: The Illusionistric Murals of Richard Haas, 1989.

Trapped Alive, 1990.

Fat Monroe (short), 1990.

Through the Wire (documentary), Original Cinema, 1990.

Kiss Me a Killer, Califilm, 1991.

Thank You and Good Night, 1991.

Visions of Light (documentary; also known as Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography), Kino International, 1992.

Chain of Desire, Prism Pictures, 1992.

Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II (documentary), 1992.

Trapped Alive, AIP Home Video, 1993.

The Obit Writer (short), 1993.

The Soft Kill, 1994.

Dead Beat (also known as The Phone Perfector), Live Entertainment, 1994.

Girl in the Cadillac, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1995.

The Celluloid Closet (also known as Celluloid Closet and Gefangen in der traumfabik), Sony Pictures Classics, 1995.

Just in Time (short), 1996.

"M" Word, 1996.

Scorpion Spring, New Line Home Video, 1996.

Cater-Waiter (short), 1996.

The Curse of the Inferno (also known as The Stick Up), 1997.

Nevada, Storm Entertainment, 1997.

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender, Planet Pictures, 1997.

Butter (also known as Never 2 Big), Live Entertainment, 1998.

Standoff, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Your Friends & Neighbors, Gramercy, 1998.

The Source (documentary), 1999.

Breathe In, Breathe Out (documentary), 2000.

Shadow Magic (also known as Xi yang jing), 2000.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (also known as BW2, BWP2, and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch Project 2), Artisan Entertainment, 2000.

Stranger Inside, 2001.

Buying the Cow, Destination Films, 2002.

Rules of Love, 2002.

Robert Capra: In Love and War (documentary), 2003.

The Failures, Yankke Films, 2003.

Red Roses and Petrol, World Wide Motion Pictures Corp., 2003.

Piggy Banks, American World Pictures, 2004.

November, IFC Films, 2004.

The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder (short), 2004.

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (documentary), 2004.

Loverboy, Screen Media Films, 2005.

American Gun, IFC Films, 2005.

The Nines, Newmarket Films, 2007.

Flakes, 2007.

Letting Go of God, 2007.

Film Work; Other:

Production assistant and best boy electric, The Werewolf of Washington, 1973.

Gaffer, The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir, 1975.

Director, Possum Living, 1980.

Additional photography, Seeing Red, 1983.

Additional camera operator, High Wire (documentary short), New Films International, 1984.

Additional photographer, Diego Rivera: I Paint What I See (documentary), New Deal Films, 1992.

Camera operator, Chains of Desire, 1992.

Camera operator, The Soft Kill, 1994.

Additional photographer, The Winner, Norstar Entertainment, 1996.

Additional camera operator, Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street (documentary), 1999.

Additional cinematographer, Amy's Orgasm (also known as Amy's O and Why Love Doesn't Work), Magic Lamp Releasing, 2001.

Additional photographer, Ghost World, United Artists, 2001.

Additional cinematography, Shut Up & Sing, Weinstein Company, 2006.

Additional camera operator, Third Ward TX (documentary), 2007.

Film Appearances:

Cinematographer Style, 2006.

Television Cinematographer; Miniseries:

The Hamptons, ABC, 2002.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

Lush Life, Showtime, 1993.

Thicker Than Blood, TNT, 1998.

Lessons Learned, 2000.

"Fat Monroe," The Wilgus Stories, 2000.

Stranger Inside, HBO, 2001.

"Reaching Normal," On the Edge, Showtime, 2001.

Path to War, HBO, 2002.

Television Work; Movies:

Gaffer, Six American Families, 1976.

Gaffer, Scenes from a Lifetime: Moving Up, 1978.

Camera operator, additional photography, and lighting, Forgotten Silver, 1995.

Additional camera operator, Mrs. Harris, HBO, 2005.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

Kids on Kids on Kids, HBO, 1987.

The Creative Spirit, PBS, 1992.

(Interviews) In a New Light, ABC, 1992.

Missing Parents, Showtime, 1994.

Smart Sex, MTV, 1994.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, 1995.

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful, TBS, 1996.

The Making of "Alien: Resurrection" (documentary short), Sci-Fi Channel, 1997.

My AmericaOr Honk if You Love Buddha (documentary), PBS, 1997.

HBO Real Sex 20: Ladies Night, HBO, 1998.

Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory, TNT, 1998.

Influenza 1918, PBS, 1998.

Forever Hollywood, 1999.

100 Years of Women, Lifetime, 1999.

(Host shoot) Shooting War (also known as Shooting War: World War II Cameraman), ABC, 2000.

The Hamptons, ABC, 2002.

Precinct Hollywood, AMC, 2005.

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, AMC, 2005.

Television Work; Specials:

Gaffer, Six American Families, 1976.

Gaffer, Scenes from a Lifetime: Moving Up, 1978.

Additional stills animation, Spirit to Spirit: Nikki Giovanni, PBS, 1987.

Photography, Greatest Sports Upsets, HBO, 1987.

Photography, The Wild West, syndicated, 1993.

Camera operator, Reba!, NBC, 1994.

Additional photography, The Story of Mothers & Daughters, ABC, 1997.

Additional camera, Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union, ABC, 1998.

Camera, Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory, TNT, 1998.

Additional photography, Reno Finds Her Mom, HBO, 1998.

Additional photography, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, HBO, 2000.

Camera, Size Matters: A Real Sex Xtra, HBO, 2001.

Camera, Real Sex 26: Lessons in Love and Lust, HBO, 2001.

Production staff, "How Oscar Changed Me," The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003.

Additional camera, Peter Jennings Reporting: I Have a Dream, ABC, 2003.

Lighting designer, Pretty Things, HBO, 2004.

Television Cinematographer; Episodic:

"Dawn and the Haunted House," The Baby-Sitters Club, HBO, 1990.

"Visions of Love," Hot Line, 1994.

"Influenza 1918," The American Experience, PBS, 1998.

The Hollywood Fashion Machine, AMC, 1999.

"The Crash of 1929," The American Experience, PBS, 2004.

Cathouse: The Series, HBO, 2004.

"Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts," The Comeback, HBO, 2005.

"Valerie Bonds with the Cast," The Comeback, HBO, 2005.

The Ghost Whisperer, CBS, 2006.

Heartland, TNT, 2006.

"The Cradle Will Rock," Ghost Whisperer, 2007.

Television Work; Episodic:

Camera operator, "Film in the Television Age," American Cinema, PBS, 1995.

Camera operator, "Climbing the Mountain: Part 1," Dr. 90210, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.



Camera operator, Van Morrison: The Concert, Polydor Music Video, 1990.

Cinematographer: host sequence, Playboy: The Story of X (documentary), Playboy Home Video, 1998.