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Talented Cinematographer Bradford Young To Shoot Ava DuVernay’s Upcoming Feature ‘Selma’

Talented Cinematographer Bradford Young To Shoot Ava DuVernay's Upcoming Feature 'Selma'

news for your Friday! Writer/Director/Distributor Ava DuVernay recently announced that Bradford
 will serve as Director of Photography on her upcoming feature film, Selma, starring David Oyelowo, produced
by Oprah Winfrey, Christian ColsonPathe
Brad Pitt’s Plan B, and distributed by Paramount. The film centers
on Martin Luther King Jr. and
the 1965 landmark voting rights campaign, regarded as the peak of the
civil rights movement. 

and Young have worked on three previous projects together, most notably the 2012 indie hit 
Middle of Nowhere, for which DuVernay became
the first black woman to win the Sundance Best Director Award. Young has
amassed a stunning portfolio of narrative work over the years, mastering light,
color, and texture in painterly compositions that have elevated independent
filmmaking and techniques for photographing brown skin. A 
two-time Sundance Award-winner for cinematography, his noted works include Mother of George, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and Pariah, which we’ve covered
extensively on this site. In addition to DuVernay’s 
Selma, he’s also attached to Edward Zwick’s upcoming film Pawn Sacrifice

excited to see the evocative images that DuVernay and Young create together
Selma. This is a DP-Director team that may rival the
likes of 
Spike Lee and Ernest Dickerson, or Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique. As the project moves through pre-production and
into production, we’ll continue to keep you updated. 

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Not true…. Bradford just shot Ed Zwick's new film and JC Chandor 's new film. Both were budgeted in the 25-30 million dollar range. Bradford is a well established and well thought of DOP in the studio system.


surprised paramount pictures signed off on him without him having big movies of this kind on his resume. good for her for sticking by her early co-workers. i hope this turns out great and makes them both stars.


congrats Bradford Young !!


If you've heard them talk at panels or in-person, they are both very smart, very creative, very BLACK people if you catch my meaning which helps with me not thinking this'll be The Butler part 2. I think Spike is the only African-American director who has had a relationship with a DoP that's stretched for more than three films so it's positive to see it happening again with this pair. He's a strong visualist so much so that on a few flicks he overwhelms the story to me. only thing I saw in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Mother of George was the cinematography to the adverse affect of the story which is what I wanted to see. She seems to reel him in where you get pizzaz without sacrificing what the movie's about. He brings out the beauty in her stories which can be too spare in someone else's hand like on I Will Follow which has good ideas but the pictures don't always match what the image vision seemed to be. As you can see, I'm invested and excited about these two and this flick and need that DVD commentary in hand as soon as possible.

Mr. Director

I knew it! Told you Hans!!!

Dankwa Brooks | 'Nother Brother Entertainment

I'm NOT the guy to be "star struck". I been around celebrities and kept it moving. But when BRADFORD YOUNG came to the Maryland Film Festival to present 'Mother of George' I knew I had to meet him! And I did!

He was a really chill guy and very cool guy to talk to. (I wrote about it all on the 'Nother Brother Entertainment blog. )

I'm excited for this news!


Mr. Young does beautiful work. I wouldn't mind working with him if I can ever get noticed.

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