Sissel, Sandi (Sandra Sissel, Sandy Sissel, Sandi Sissell)

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Sissel, Sandi (Sandra Sissel, Sandy Sissel, Sandi Sissell)


Education: Southern Methodist University, B.F.A., 1971.


Agent—The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Cinematographer, camera operator, and director. NBC, ABC, and CBS, staff photographer, 1974-78; worked as a camera operator and cinematographer on commercials and music videos; New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, teacher.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Society of Cinematographers.

Awards, Honors:

Vision Award, Women in Film Crystal Awards, 1998; Television Award nomination (with others), best photography—factual, British Academy of Film and Television Awards, 2001, for The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition; Golden Satellite Award nomination (with Russell Boyd), best cinematographer, International press Academy, 2004, for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.


Film Cinematographer:

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (documentary), 1977.

The Wobblies (documentary), First Run Features, 1979.

Americas in Transition, 1981.

Anarchism in America (documentary), AK Press, 1983.

Chicken Ranch (documentary), First Run Features, 1983.

The Making of Piscator, 1983.

Seeing Red (documentary; also known as Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists), 1983.

High Wire (documentary short), New World Pictures, 1984.

Before Stonewall (documentary; also known as Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian), 1984.

Broken Treaty at Battle Mountain, 1984.

Witness to War: Dr. Charles Clements, 1984.

(Second unit) Blood Circus, 1985.

Lily Tomlin (documentary), 1985.

The Global Assembly Line, 1985.

Speaking Our Peace (documentary), National Film Board of Canada, 1985.

Mother Teresa (documentary), R5/S8, 1986.

Krik? Krak! Tales of a Nightmare, 1988.

Salaam Bombay!, Cinecom Pictures, 1988.

Calling the Shots (documentary), World Artists, 1988.

Heavy Petting (documentary), Skouras Pictures, 1989.

Fine Young Cannibals (also known as Fine Young Cannibals: The Concert and Fine Young Cannibals: Live at the Paramount), 1989.

Russian Diary, 1989.

To Protect Mother Earth (also kwon as To Protect Mother Earth: Broken Treaty II), Aires, 1991.

Blood in Face, First Run Features, 1991.

No Secrets, IRS Media, 1991.

The People Under the Stairs (also known as Wes Craven's "The People Under the Stairs"), MCA/Universal, 1991.

Roommates, 1993.

Camp Nowhere, Buena Vista, 1994.

Barney's Great Adventure (also known as "Barney's Great Adventure": The Movie), Polygram, 1998.

The Reef (also known as Passion's Way and Das Riff), 1999.

A Conversation with Gregory Peck (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 1999.

(Second unit) The Mod Squad, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999.

(Second unit) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (also known as Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me), New Line Cinema, 1999.

Yellow Card, 2000.

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (documentary; also known as The Endurance and Vershollen im packeis-das Antarktis-abenteuer des Sir Ernest Shackleton), Cowboy Booking International, 2000.

(As Sandra Sissel; second unit) Exit Wounds, Warner Bros., 2001.

(Second unit) Rock Star, Warner Bros., 2001.

(Second unit) Black Knight, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

(Second unit) Stealing Harvard, Columbia, 2002.

(Second unit) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

(Second unit) Cellular (also known as Final Call—Wenn er auflegt, muss sie sterben), New Line Cinema, 2004.

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (documentary), Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.

(Second unit: Toronto) New York Minute, Warner Bros., 2004.

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (documentary), THINKFilm, 2004.

The Ballad of Jack and Rose, IFC Films, 2005.

Roving Mars (documentary), Buena Vista, 2006.

The Lord God Bird (documentary), 2007.

One Heartbeat: Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles (documentary), 2007.

Film Work; Other:

Camera assistant, Best Boy, 1979.

Camera operator, No Nukes (also known as The Muse Concert: No Nukes), 1979.

Additional photographer, Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists (documentary), Cinema Guild, 1980.

Director, Chicken Ranch (documentary), First Run Features, 1983.

Coproducer, director, and camera operator, High Wire (documentary short), New World Pictures, 1984.

Additional photography, Lily Tomlin, Broomfield Churchill Productions, 1986.

(As Sandy Sissel) Camera operator (Los Angeles), Allan Quartermaine and the Lost City of Gold, Cannon, 1987.

Camera operator, The Believers, Orion, 1987.

Camera operator, Krik? Krak! Tales of a Nightmare, 1988.

Additional photography, Comic Book Confidential, 1988.

Camera operator, Songs for Drella, 1990.

Additional photographer, Drop Dead Fred (also known as My Special Fred), New Line Cinema, 1991.

Additional photographer, Roommates, Buena Vista, 1995.

(Uncredited) Additional photographer, Bowfinger, Universal, 1999.

Second unit camera, The Mod Squad, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999.

(As Sandy Sissel) Camera operator, Blow, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Camera operator, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, IFC Films, 2005.

Film Appearances:

Herself, Visions of Light (also known as "Visions of Light": The Art of Cinematography), 1992.

Herself, Women Behind the Camera (documentary), 2007.

Television Cinematographer; Miniseries:

Grandpa Hemingway, Disney Channel, 1985.

(Second unit; and camera operator) Home Fires, 1987.

Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (also known as The Drug Wars: Camarena), NBC, 1990.

Night Sins, CBS, 1997.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

Rising Son, TNT, 1990.

Keeping Secrets, ABC, 1991.

(Additional photography) For Richer, For Poorer (also known as Father, Son and the Mistress), HBO, 1992.

In the Company of Darkness, CBS, 1993.

It's Nothing Personal, NBC, 1993.

Full Eclipse, HBO, 1993.

(As Sandi Sissell) Dragstrip Girl, Showtime, 1994.

Dad, the Angel & Me, Family Channel, 1995.

The Great Mom Swap, ABC, 1995.

Radiant City, ABC, 1996.

Soul of the Game (also known as Field of Honour), HBO, 1996.

Suddenly, ABC, 1996.

Toothless, CBS, 1997.

Passion's Way, CBS, 1999.

Television Camera Operator; Movies:

The New Maid, 1980.

Television Cinematographer; Pilots:

The Flash, CBS, 1990.

Philly Heat, ABC, 1994.

Educating Matt Waters, 1995.

Wilder Days, ABC, 2000.

Night Stalker, ABC, 2005.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

Greek Immigrants, 1979.

Women in Jazz, 1980.

She's Nobody's Baby, HBO, 1981.

A Stitch in Time, PBS, 1986.

Frenzy of Renown, KCET, 1987.

"Punk," Rock & Roll, 1995.

Television Work; Specials:

Additional photographer, Beat This! A Hip Hop History, BBC, 1984.

(As Sandy Sissel) Camera operator, Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary, CBS, 1986.

Camera operator, Songs for 'Drella: Lou Reed, John Cale, PBS, 1989.

Additional photography, Chimps: So Like Us (documentary), HBO, 1990.

Segment director, "Natasha Merritt," Downloading Sex, 2002.

Television Cinematographer; Episodic:

"The Homosexuals," ABC Closeup, ABC, 1979.

Prime Time Saturday, NBC, 1979-80.

20/20, ABC, 1979-81, 1984, 1988.

"Orgasm Workshop," Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1980.

60 Minutes, CBS, 1981.

The Big Blue Marble, PBS, 1981.

"Louise Brooks," Arena, BBC, 1985.

"Alice Walker and the Color Purple," Omnibus, BBC, 1986.

"Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul," American Masters, PBS, 1987.

Tales from the Hollywood Hills, PBS, 1987.

"Angel," The Wonder Years, ABC, 1988.

"The Phone Call," The Wonder Years, ABC, 1988.

"Dance With Me," The Wonder Years, ABC, 1988.

"That Rhythm … Those Blues," American Masters, PBS, 1988.

Class of '96, Fox, 1993.

"Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder," America Undercover, HBO, 1999.

Young Americans, The WB, 2000.

"Ascendant," Night Stalker, ABC, 2006.


Video Games (as Cinematographer):

Double Switch, 1993.