Master Series Class with Cinematographer Iris Ng

Tuesday, November 21

This intimate professional development series focuses on the craft and art of documentary media. Celebrated documentary filmmakers and other acclaimed pros (including editors, cinematographers and sound design) share their expertise and experiences. For more on the DOC Institute’s Masters Series, click here

Question Everything: Iris Ng on a New Cinematic Practice

Cinematographer Iris Ng’s unique methodology comes from a personal mandate: Question everything.

Ng’s deeply emotive, naturalistic aesthetic has rapidly become a signature style of documentary canon. Her extraordinary body of work include modern classics like Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and contributions to Moira Demos & Laura Ricciardi’s Making A Murderer and Angad Bhalla’s Herman’s House.

Join us for an immersive Master Class with Iris Ng, and learn about the working process of a contemporary master. Discover her theory of “method cinematography,” and how she aims to bring nuance and sensitivity to all of her work, particularly depictions of complex characters and difficult subjects.

Drawing on excerpts of her own work, her influences and places of inspiration, and anecdotes from the field, Ng will delve into her thoughtful approach to trend-resistant storytelling and her process for collaboration.

Don’t miss this fascinating conversation with one of contemporary documentary’s most exciting minds.

The Master Class will be moderated by the National Film Board’s acclaimed producer Lea Marin.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017,  7:00pm – 9:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
Location: Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ONM5T 1G4
Price: DOC Members: $25 / Non-members: $35  / Students (with valid I.D.): $20  / LIFT Members: $25



Iris Ng is recognized as a versatile cinematographer, who lends her patience, creativity, intuition, and skill to bring a director’s vision to the screen. For over a decade, Iris has collaborated with award-winning directors Sarah Polley, Min Sook Lee, Rama Rau, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, Angad Bhalla, Liz Marshall, Michael McNamara, Amar Wala, Phyllis Ellis, Martha Burns, and Michelle Latimer on a variety of documentaries while shooting a wide variety of films for such artists as Chris Curreri, Oliver Husain, Annie MacDonnell, Bambitchell, and Richard Fung.

Her recent work includes the short film This River which won Best Short Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards 2017, Migrant Dreams which was awarded the 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize for Journalism, A Better Man, and a co-credit on the 4-time Emmy Award-winning documentary series Making A Murderer.

After obtaining her BFA in Film Production from York University, she has shot over sixty projects in various facets of the industry. With a focus on long-form documentaries and films for artists, her work also includes documentary series, commercials, and music videos. Iris’ previous background in visual arts and music have been on-going influences in her work as a cinematographer.


Lea Marin

Lea Marin is an award-winning, Toronto-based producer with more than 18 years experience in the film and television industry. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab, Lea joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006. Her most recent film credits, Unarmed Verses, premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival this year and won the jury prize for Best Canadian Feature; and Picture This, screened at Inside Out and OUTeast, winning Best Canadian Short and the Audience Award for Best Short at both festivals.

Other credits include, My Prairie Home which in 2014, premiered at the Sundance film festival, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award; The Portrait, directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker, Hubert Davis, which in 2012 premiered on the BBC, and Astra Taylor’s Examined Life, which launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. Prior to returning to the National Film Board of Canada, Lea Marin produced the CFC short dramatic film, Escape, and worked as a line producer on the Discovery Channel series Mega Builders.

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