Sight, Sound & Story: Live Presents “Behind the Lens: Shooting the Western Film” on January 27

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the western with the acclaimed DPs of ‘The Harder They Fall’ and ‘Old Henry’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, Jan. 13, 2022 / — Manhattan Edit Workshop’s ‘Sight, Sound & Story: Live’ monthly online event series continues on Jan. 27 ‘Behind the Lens : Shooting the Western Film” with cinematographers Mihai Malaimare Jr. and John Matyśiak with moderator Sean Weiner.

Inside Episode XVII: The western is one of the most popular film genres in the history of American cinema. Beginning in 1903 with Edwin Porter’s “The Great Train Robbery,” the western depicts a uniquely American era and look. Join us for a fresh take on this classic cinematic genre with cinematographers Mihai Malaimare Jr. and John Matyśiak, as they discuss their creative process while filming ‘Old Henry’ and ‘The Harder They Fall’ . Sean Weiner, who is the Creative Culture Program Director at the Jacob Burns Film Center, will guide the conversation as well as show and discuss scenes from both films. This is a free online event!

All participants who register for this event will receive a link and password 30 minutes before the event. The event will be available at 5:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 p.m. PDT on January 27. This will benefit from free access for all participants who register.

This event would not be possible without our Master Storyteller sponsors: OWC, American Cinema Editors and EditFest Global; as well as our technology sponsors: ZEISS, AJA Video Systems and Filmmaker U. We are also grateful for the continued support of our partners ProductionHUB, Digital Cinema Society, Filmmaker U, LAPPG, NYWIFT, Film Fatales and The D-Word.

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About our panelists:
Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. is currently working on “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” the biopic about the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty in the 1980s, slated for release in 2022. Netflix action “The Harder They Fall” is Malaimare’s most recent project, starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors and Zazie Beetz. Which was recently released late last year on Netflix.

Malaimare worked on director Taika Waititi’s satirical comedy “JoJo Rabbit” in 2019, which won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. The film received acclaim from numerous film festivals, earning Malaimare Jr. the Hollywood Film Award for Cinematographer of the Year, as well as a Golden Frog nomination from Camerimage.

In 2018, his work on the film “The Hate U Give”, directed by George Tillman, Jr. won over 20 awards and is considered one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year.

He is also known for his collaboration with Academy Award® Winning writer and director Francis Ford Coppola on the feature film, “Youth Without Youth”, for which Malaimare received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Cinematography. The two went on to collaborate on other films, including the feature-length drama “Tetro” and the surreal genre flick “Twixt.”

His soaring profile and evocative early work earned him a spot on Variety’s coveted “10 Filmmakers to Watch” list in 2007. Malaimare’s other feature films include: Paul Thomas Andersons’ “The Master,” which won won five Best Cinematography awards; “A Walk Among the Tombstones”, “November Criminals”, “Sleepless” and “Delirium”.

Malaimare’s prolific business portfolio includes numerous award-winning advertisements for clients including Apple, Samsung, Nike, Sony, Hulu and Toyota. His work features a wide variety of luminaries among world-class athletes Blake Griffin, Lionel Messi and LeBron James, award-winning film talents Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Spike Lee, as well as famous musicians such as Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Drake, Nikki Minaj and Sean Combs.

Originally from Romania, Malaimare began his film career after attending the National University of Theater and Cinema in Bucharest. Now based in Los Angeles, he remains passionate about still photography, a passion he has had since childhood. He is represented by Worldwide Production Agency in Los Angeles.

Cinematographer John Matyśiak’s career has focused on shooting internationally acclaimed independent films, which have screened at more than 50 festivals around the world, including the Cannes Film Festival. Matyśiak is widely admired for his striking and contemporary images, which evocatively support and amplify the vision of his directors.

He recently filmed “Meet Cute,” a genre-defying dark comedy starring Pete Davidson and Hayley Cuoco, directed by Alex Lehmann and produced by Akiva Goldsman.

Before filming “Old Henry”, which premiered at TIFF 2021, Matyśiak won Best Cinematography at the 25th Los Angeles Asia-Pacific Film Festival for his work on the feature film, “Two Shadows”. and “Model Minority”.

Its commercial customers include Audi, Jameson, Nissan and Lexus. Matyśiak studied film at the Czech National Film School, FAMU, in Prague and at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600.

He is based in Los Angeles, California.

As Director of Programs, Media Arts Lab, Sean Weiner leads the growth, overall strategic vision and extremely talented staff of the Education Program and Creative Culture – an artist support program for emerging and established filmmakers guided by a philosophy of inclusion and collaboration. Since 2016, the Creative Culture Fellowship Program has produced short films that have been consistently selected at film festivals like Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW with acquisitions by Criterion, Fox Searchlight, POV and other reputable outlets. To support feature films, the Creative Culture residency program is organized in partnership with sister organizations such as Black Public Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Sundance Institute.

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