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 at Radiant Images, a virtual reality camera house. Technical prowess, photographic experimentation, and identity are all a fixture of her work. She has collaborated on projects with Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker, shot short films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries for a variety of clients and directors, and last year finished principal photography on a feature about two queer women in Mexico. Ava is currently in pre-production on her second narrative feature as a cinematographer.
Ava Benjamin Shorr