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Nora is a cinematographer and director. Bridging both the vérité documentary and commercial worlds, she works on a wide array of projects, from larger budget commercials with bigger teams to one-man-banding it on a shoestring. Nora began her career on National Geographic’s Hard Time, where she spent a year documenting life in various American prisons. This led to relationships with clients such as PBS, OWN and Discovery, along with work on several feature documentaries and commercials. In 2012, Nora completed her Masters with Merit from The London Film School with a concentration in Cinematography. She co-directed and shot SKIN, a documentary short which screened at festivals throughout Europe and she directed and photographed Waterbabies, which screened at festivals in Europe and the in the USA. Later Nora worked on the award-winning series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, which aired on PBS in 2014, DarkNet Season One which aired on Showtime in 2015 and DarkNet Season Two which aired in 2016. Later the same year Nora joined a team of accomplished Cinematographers on Years of Living Dangerously S2, which aired on National Geographic. In 2015 Nora was commissioned by the luxury fashion label MAIYET to concept, direct and shoot several short portraits of craftsmanship which she filmed in India and Italy. Nora later shot on several Joe Berlinger documentary series including Wrongman 2018, and Killing Richard Glossip 2017. This past year Nora shot on two episodes of This Is Life with Lisa Ling airing on CNN, and several Great Big Story shorts also on CNN. Nora also worked on the Netflix series Follow This and 7 Days Out - both currently airing. She also worked with Amy Berg on her new HBO documentary which wrapped in 2018. Last year Nora shot in Guantanamo Bay on a film directed by Johanna Hamilton, The Trial will be shown at Big Sky Doc festival in Montana as well as SXSW later this year and will air on The Guardian on February 22, 2019. A bi-cultural childhood as well as duel Swiss/American citizenship has made Nora comfortable on the road and in the field having filmed internationally with shoots in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central America and counting. 

*Based in Brooklyn. Can work locally in San Francisco and Zurich.

 

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