For nearly 20 years Cliff Charles has served as a Director of Photography on projects ranging from Chris Rock’s Sundance winning documentary, “Good Hair”, the Spirit Award nominated film, “Jellysmoke” and the Jamaican Gangster film, “Shottas.”  He’s earned 2 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography on Spike Lee’s multi-award winning documentaries, “When the Levees Broke” and “If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise.” His commercial credits include spots and promos for HBO, the NBA on TNT, The Daily News, Converse, State Farm, BET and VH-1 along with music videos for artists like Mos Def and Wyclef Jean.  His company, The People’s DP Inc, combines his interests in Cinematography, Diversity and Education through projects like DPTV – an online magazine for and about Cinematography.

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