REUBEN AARONSONAWARD RECOGNITION

The Cost of Silence.    Nominated Best Documentary
                                        Sundance Film Festival
River of Gold.               Best Environmental Film of the Year
                                        Int’l Environmental Film Festival
Strangers in Town.       Audience Award
                                        Borrego Springs Film Festival
The Last Frog.               National Emmy for Cinematography
Walk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith.
                                        Best Feature Documentary Film,  Anchorage Int’l FF
The Perfect Week.        Best Independent Film
                                        Hollywood Reel Ind. Film Festival
Lords of the Garden.    Best of Festival. CINE Film Festival
The Ground Truth.        Shortlist for Documentary Academy Award
The Thin Red Line.       Nominated for Academy Award for Cinematography
Gauchos.                      National Emmy for Cinematography
Fine Food Fine PastriesOpen 6 to 9.
                                        Nominated for Academy Award,  Best Documentary Short
Hotel Terminus-The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie.
                                        Oscar for Best Documentary Film.

SELECTED PROJECTS:

THE COST OF SILENCE

Ten years in the making, THE COST OF SILENCE follows the under reported efforts of everyday citizens literally fighting for their lives as they stand up against one of the largest corporations in the world.

This feature-length documentary film focuses on the environmental and health consequences following the 2010 BP oil spill — “the worst human-caused environmental disaster in U.S. history.”  In the film, an industry insider exposes the devastating consequences of the efforts by the government and the petroleum industry to cover up the truth about the disaster.

Official entry, Sundance International Film Festival, 2020.

– The Guardian –    Ten documentaries to watch in 2020.    

– Variety-   Gives urgent reasons to turn up at the ballot box.

–  Hollywood Reporter –   Those who ignore the film’s message do so at their peril.                                               

(Producer, Cinematographer)

Trailer and Reviews: https://www.costofsilencefilm.com/about-the-film

RIVER OF GOLD

RIVER OF GOLD shows how economic forces are destroying the Amazon rainforest.

RIVER was honored at the NY International Film Festival, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and won Best Environmental Film of the Year at the prestigious International Environmental Film Festival in Paris and Best Documentary Film at the 21st ARPA International Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2019.

(Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

HELLO CUBA!

After more than 60 years of embargo and isolation, little is known of the everyday lives of Cubans living only 90 miles away from U.S. shores.  HELLO CUBA! goes door-to-door along a quiet street in Havana to discover the essence of their lives today. 

A beautiful, joyful and thoughtful film about the spirit of the Cuban people.  Stuart Ashman, L.A. Museum of Latin American Art.  Nominated Best Short Film, American Documentary Film Festival.

(Director, Cinematographer, Editor)

STRANGERS IN TOWN

This short film celebrates the people of Garden City, a small town in overwhelmingly “red state” Kansas, where immigration and diversity are considered to be a good thing!  STRANGERS tells the story of what can happen when people put aside ideology and come together to live and work as part of a vibrant, diverse community.

a passionate, beautiful film that makes you believe in the American Dream again. Winner, 2019 Audience Award, Browns Point Film Festival, Tacoma, Washington.  Winner, Audience Award, Borrego Springs Film Festival, 2020.

(Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

THE PERFECT WEEK

After going through an exhausting breakup, Izzie’s friend challenges her to go on a different date, every day, for a week.  What ensues is both hilarity and heartbreak as she tries to define what closure really means during her “Perfect Week.”

Winner, Best Romantic Comedy short, Indie Fest!  And Best Independent Film, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest.

(Director of Photography)

ADDICTION/EATING

is one of a series of short videos created to introduce people with addictions to a revolutionary approach to recovery.

THE THIN RED LINE

Oscar-winning director Terrence Malick’s feature film that focuses on the life, fears and emotions of a group of soldiers who fought in the conflict of Guadalcanal during the second World War.  Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Cinematography.  “… considered one of the best war films ever shot.”

(Director and Cinematographer, Anthropological Unit, Solomon Islands)

WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF JUDGE DAMON J. KEITH

He was an ordinary “colored” man from Detroit.  He became a controversial federal judge who would shape civil rights law and challenge a sitting president.  Decades later, his rulings still resonate in a nation still arguing about “which lives matter.”

Screened in over 20 U.S. and international film festivals.  Winner Best Feature Documentary Film, Anchorage International Film Festival, Best Feature Documentary, Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival

(Cinematographer)

THE LAST FROG

This “unnatural history” film for National Geographic explores the beautiful and mysterious world of frogs and the the unexplained decline of frog populations around the globe.  Winner, Best of Festival, Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival. Winner, National Emmy for Cinematography.

(Cinematographer)

PROJECT ANGEL FOOD

This short film celebrates Jean, an HIV patient and the 30th anniversary of the LA-based NGO that saved her life.  Project Angel Food has delivered healthy food every day, year after year to LA residences unable to fend for themselves alone.

(Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

THE GROUND TRUTH: After the Killing Ends

THE GROUND TRUTH depicts the deadly military conflict in Iraq with ferocious honesty — a prelude to the even more challenging battles fought by soldiers returning home to an uncomprehending public and a seemingly indifferent government.  Sundance Film Festival 2006. Oscar Short List for Best Documentary.

. . . thoughtful, sensitive, perhaps the most emotionally wrenching of all the Iraq documentaries.

                                      Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

(Cinematographer)

WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY

This short film focuses on the severe water crisis caused by an prolonged drought in Kansas revealing the vital connection that rural Kansans have with our most precious resource…water. Recipient, Kansas Humanities Grant.

(Director, Cinematographer)

IN PURSUIT OF THE SHROUD

This one-hour television special employs modern scientific tools to examine an ancient cloth that bears a mysterious image of a crucified man some believe to be Jesus. Filmed in Europe, Israel and the U.S. for The Discovery Channel.

Beautifully produced … Whether you are a novice to “sindonology” or you’ve studied the cloth for years, you will appreciate this serious, unbiased and sincere examination of the current scientific evidence, presented in a very well written, well-paced and informative style.

Winner, Silver Medal, New York Film Festival.

(Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

INSIDE THE VATICAN

This National Geographic Special offers a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world inside the oldest institution in the world: The Vatican in Rome.  The filmmakers took advantage of unprecedented access to reveal the mystery and spirit of the place as told through the people and history that animate it today. For PBS. Narrated by Martin Sheen.

(Cinematographer)

HOTEL TERMINUS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE

Winner, Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, this feature-length theatrically distributed film by Marcel Ophuls focuses on Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, “The Butcher of Leon.”  Winner, International Critics Prize for Best Film at the Cannes International Film Festival.

…Hotel Terminus is a stubborn, angry, nagging, sarcastic assault on good manners, and I am happy Ophuls was ill-tempered enough to make it.        Roger Ebert

(Cinematographer)

GONDOLAS OF VENICE

Nedis Tramontin is one of the few remaining master craftsmen of gondolas. This film explores the spirit of the world’s most beautiful boat and the master who plies the art of this endangered craft in the watery world of Venice. For National Geographic.

(Producer, Director, Cinematographer)

FINE FOOD, FINE PASTRIES, OPEN 6 TO 9

https://vimeo.com/102183167

This a film-portrait of Sherrill’s, a 65-year-old restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. run by the same family.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

(Cinematographer)

GAUCHOS

Gauchos is a National Geographic film about the life and culture of the gauchos of Argentina.  Finalist, National Emmy for Cinematography.

(Cinematographer, Co-Director)

 

 

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