KIMBERLY CULOTTA, CINEMATOGRAPHY
Kimberly Culotta is a cinematographer living in Los Angeles. She was not someone who grew up dreaming of working in movies, but instead was quite satisfied as a child in Louisiana keeping her hands dirty painting. It was only a casual pull towards a more business-driven career that brought her to the University of Southern California's Cinema Studies program. With a prestigious Bachelor's degree in tow, she set out to discover how one makes a living in the film industry.
Working as a producer for an Independent start-up company, she eventually found a team of like-minded filmmakers, and branched off with them forming their own company. Melodic Pictures produced music videos for great labels like Sub-Pop Records, and the short film "I Hate You" starring Shannon Sossoman. However, just when the company was about to bust into the commercial scene, Kimberly had a moment of realization that her life's work was more directly related to image-making. Putting the brakes on producing, she started a determined path towards cinematography, working in the camera and electrical departments of student films and excessively-budgeted car commercials.
Training at the American Film Institute's Conservatory polished off her experience and made her dream of image-making a reality. Kimberly was privileged to meet and work with amazingly talented storytellers, earning the Technicolor Grant and acclaim at the Camera Image Festival for her thesis film Etched. Since her re-birth as a professional cinematographer Kimberly has found passion in working with Independent filmmakers with strong personal visions.
She has shot music videos for the likes of Fitz and the Tantrums ("Don't Gotta Work It Out," soon to be released as a Pop-Up Video) and successfully viral web promotions for Books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She has numerous short films entering the festival circuit this year, including The 6th World --an episode of the PBS series Future States. Earthlings is her feature film debut.
Kimberly Culotta is a Director of Imaging for Independent Motion Pictures. Her qualifications include a Masters Degree in Cinematography from the American Film Institute, and a Bachelors Degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Southern California. She uses these certificates to torture herself...