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anna mendes
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I’m a Brazilian director of photography based in Los Angeles with experience spanning both narratives and commercials. As a cinematographer, I've worked on advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, including UberEats, Twitter, and Google. One of my latest short films, They Come From The Sky, earned a place in the official selection of the American Cinematheque's PROOF Film Festival and the New York Latino Film Festival presented by Warner Bros. Discovery. Additionally, my short documentary Uprooted stood out as a finalist at the My Rode Reel film competition, earning a $15k prize.

 

I approach storytelling by placing each character’s unique struggles at the forefront, always seeking underlying themes and messages to bring their stories to life. My passion revolves around exploring the emotional subtleties of a story and collaborating closely with directors and the crew to craft a distinct visual language tailored for each narrative.

 

Recently, I was selected as one of the four cinematographers from a pool of 1,500 applicants for the Find Your People Program, a mentorship and development initiative created by Issa Rae's management company, Color Creative

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