BACKSTORY

 
Nesya Blue

“Filmmaker/Artist Nesya Blue, whose work as Writer/Director/Director of Photography is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, demonstrates a unique capacity to seamlessly move between cinema and fine art.

As cinematographer, her credits include Academy Award-winning-films; as a fine artist working with original combinations of painting and photography, her work signifies an emerging artist of note,” Greg Smith, Curator.

Blue grew up in Montreal, attended the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design and was trained at the National Film Board of Canada.

Winner of the Agnes Gund (President Emerita of MoMA) Excellence in Fine Art Award, Nesya Blue's art is increasingly recognized and collected internationally,

COLLECTORS and CLIENTS include:

Agnes Gund, President Emerita of MoMA and chair of its International Council: “I enjoy Blue's sense of color and composition and admire the way in which she experiments with interesting material.  I also like the scale of these (mixed-media) works: small enough to retain a sense of intimacy, large enough to project a dynamic sense of presence.”  

Phyllis MacBryde, Director/Producer: “Nesya Blue did a great job for me as Director of Photography for the trailer and promos for my Broadway-bound musical, "Zinzi." She lit and shot beautiful images despite our cramped sets and limited equipment budget and she made a huge contribution to the art direction and overall visual approach.  She has a keen artistic eye and was invaluable in helping me to plan, create and communicate my vision. Nesya’s extraordinary resourcefulness was put to the test and she created magic with very limited resources.   Her confident professionalism, courtesy, and good humor also made for a relaxed set and happy actors.  Nesya is a gifted cinematographer whom I recommend without hesitation.”  

C. Calderone, Director/Producer: “Nesya was director of photography on my documentary film. . . I was thrilled I was with her work.  She has a unique combination of wonderfully innovative technical expertise, as well as the ability to motivate and inspire the crew to give their most to the project.  After the shoot I had many comments from crew people that they had never seen such a complex shoot go so smoothly.  This was due, in large part to Nesya--her thoroughness in pre-production, along with her very focussed concentration during production.  Nesya’s camera work and hand-held  shooting is some of the best I have ever seen.  While I attended to producing duties Nesya often worked independently, shooting with a wonderful eye for detail and composition and an excellent editorial sense of establishing and cut-away shots..  The editor and I could not have been more impressed with the thorough coverage."

 

Selected Exhibitions

Vehicule Art, Montreal,  Group Show, photography, mixed media.

Exhibit A Gallery, Soho, New York, Solo and Group Shows, photography.

Wild Child (wild space), Chelsea, New York, Solo shows mixed media.

Millay Colony, Austerlitz, New York, Summer Group Show, photography and mixed media.

Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Group Show, photography and mixed media.

New York Public Library, Manhattan, New York, Solo Show, mixed media.

Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Group Show, photography and mixed media.

New Jersey Center of Contemporary Art, Group show, large pigment print.

Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, New Jersey, planned Solo Show, pigment prints.

 

Selected Awards and Distinctions

Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Fellow at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

Agnes Gund & Daniel Shapiro Fellowship for Excellence in Fine Art

Best Film Baltimore International Festival,  for Passages, NB Writer/Director/Cinematographer.

Canada Council Individual Artist Awards for film projects..

Academy Award Best Documentary short, I'll Find A Way NB cinematographer.

Canadian Genie Award and Best Cinematography Yorkton Festival, for P4W: Prison For Women, NB cinematographer.

Academy Award Best Documentary, for American Dream, NB one of the cinematographers.

I.A.T.S.E. 644, Director of Photography, honorable withdrawal, member in good standing.

 

Selected Collections

B. Comte Architects, Paris

The Brown Company, New York and Los Angeles

Ender Tech, San Jose, California

The New Jersey Center of Contemporary Art

MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, permanent collection

 

Selected Motion Picture Credits

MONTREAL MATIN, experimental fiction.  Vehicule Art; Cinematheque Quebecoise. Writer/Director/Cinematographer.

PASSAGES, half hour fiction, permanent collections MoMA and, Japan Film Library. Winner Best Film Baltimore International Festival.
CBC and European television broadcasts. Writer/ Director, Cinematographer.

QUELQUES FEMINISTES AMERICAINES, documentary, Directors Luce Guilbeault, Nicole Brossard. prod National Film Board.
Many festival awards, including American Film Festival. CBC and PBS broadcast. Cinematographer.

PASHTUN NOMADS OF NORTHEASTERN AFGHANISTAN, anthropological documentary series, Director Asen Baliksi,
produced by Smithsonian Institution & National Film Board. Camera Assistant and 2nd unit Cinematographer.

I’LL FIND A WAY, doc, Dir Beverly Shaffer, prod National Film Board of Canada.  Winner Academy Award Best Documentary. Cinematographer.

P4W:PRISON FOR WOMEN, documentary, Directors Holly Dale, Janice Cole. Best Documentary Canadian Genie Award. Cinematographer. 

UNCERTAIN FUTURES, one-hour television fiction, produced by Nesfilm and NFB. CBC  broadcast. Writer/Director/2nd Unit Cinematographer.

HOOKERS ON DAVIE, documentary, Directors Holly Dale, Janice Cole. International theatrical & TV distribution.  Cinematographer.

THE FIELD, television drama, Director Mark Juergens. A & E. Cinematographer.

NEW YEAR'S DAY, feature, Director Henry Jaglom. Paramount. Pictures.  Venice Film Festival.  2nd Unit  Cinematographer.

AMERICAN DREAM, doc, Dir. Barbara Kopple. Winner Best Documentary Academy Award. Cinematographer (one of several as the film
was shot over many years). 1990.

SAN ANTONIO TEXAS, doc, prod M. Blackwood. German TV.  Dir/Cinematographer.

ANDREA DWORKIN: AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY, documentary, Director David Evans. BBC. Cinematographer.

THE BRIDGE, fiction starring William Hickey, Dir Aaron Weisblatt. Cinematographer.

VISIONS OF LIGHT: THE HISTORY OF CINEMATOGRAPHY, doc, Dir. Stuart Samuels, Todd McCarthy, prod American Film
Institute. Theatrical & TV.  Cinematographer. 

A BAILAR, documentary, Dir. Catherine Calderone. International awards and theatrical & TV distribution. Cinematographer.

Music videos and TV docs on STEVIE WONDER; DIANNE REEVES; DAVID BOWIE; THE WHO IN AMERICA; BRIAN
ENO; JOHN SCOFIELD
; CISSY and WHITNEY HOUSTON; QUINCY JONES; LOU REED; DR. JOHN; MINK DE
VILLE
; GURU & MC SOLAR; TINY TIM; MOROCCAN TRIBAL MUSIC; prod EMI Records; BBC; French TV; 
Australian TV; Sony Music. Cinematographer and Director/Cinematographer.

HOLLYWOOD STYLE, doc, Dir. Laurence Pitkelthy, prod AFI. PBS. Cinematographer.

TOBY THE TUG, half hour children’s live action fiction/documentary/animation, prod KidRom.  Writer/Director/Cinematographer.

 

Selected Still Photography Assignments:

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS for agencies Publicis; Ogilvy and Avenue Three for clients including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank,
Novartis, Verizon, and American Express.

PLAZA DESKTOP PUBLISHING, studio portraits and an experimental film composed of still photos.

CD COVERS and PUBLICITY PHOTOS for musicians Jaki Byard, Hassan Hakmoun, Hayes Greenfield, Native Son, Carol Lipnik,
Ravens and Chimes, The Grand Street Band.

BOOK COVERS for writers Kathryn Marie Bild, Al Aronowitz.

FINE ART CATALOGUES for artists B.L. Schwartz, Nancy Petry, Rick Klauber.

 

Education:

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, drawing, painting, sculpture, history of art. 

McGILL UNIVERSITY, modern European history and English literature.

Intern at Robert Rauschenberg studio, making transfers of photos to canvas.

CENTER FOR CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, media studies with Marshall McLuhan.

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, film & photography studies headed by Stan Fox.

THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, 1st and 2nd assistant camera, assistant editor, assistant director, cinematographer
on features & documentaries.

WOODY ALLEN FEATURE FILMS, observer apprentice on three films directed by Woody Allen, with Directors of Photography
Sven Nykvist and Carlo di Palma

Nesya Blue