Ava Benjamin Shorr is a Director of Photography based in Los Angeles, California who also happens to be a transgender woman. She was raised by a Mormon mother and a Jewish father in Portland, Oregon. Her early passion for cinematography was stoked by skateboarding videos and art-house cinema. After graduating film school in Denver, she moved to Los Angeles and spent two years assisting famed stop-motion animator PES. Before moving full time into cinematography, she also spent several months as the Technical Assistant to the President of a virtual reality camera house. Technical prowess, photographic experimentation, and identity are all a fixture of her work. She has shot music videos, commercials, and documentaries for a variety of clients, and has two features in post-production. Ava is a member of the ICFC (International Collective of Female Cinematographers) and is currently in pre-production on a third feature.
Ava Benjamin Shorr