Laela Kilbourn

director of photography


press & links


Indiewire picks Laela Kilbourn as one of

8 More Female Cinematographers You Should Know About

     - Paula Bernstein, Indiewire

Listen: podcast interview by Movie Geeks United -

The Art of Cinematography: Laela Kilbourn

MovieMaker Magazine -

What's in Your Kit: Cinematographer Laela Kilbourn

     - Scott Macauley, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

Cinematographers Laela Kilbourn, Rachel Morrison, and Dagmar Weaver-Madsen in a panel discussion with

moderator Paula Bernstein of Indiewire

     - David Geffner, International Cinematographers Guild Magazine

Interview: American Teen: Laela Kilbourn

     - David Geffner, International Cinematographers Guild Magazine

Interview: How to Dance in Ohio at Wilton Library

     - Hayden Turk, Wilton Bulletin

Review: "The Bottom Line: Instructive and Inspiring.....Documentarian Lara Stolman follows a trio of autistic athletes as they learn to compete and reach for independent adulthood...her concern is always the individuality of her subjects,

well captured in the fluent camerawork of Laela Kilbourn"

     - The Hollywood Reporter

Review: "'Swim Team' will take you on an emotional roller coaster...

[Lara] Stolman’s direction mastered with Laela Kilbourn’s photography made

for an inciting documentary. Few swim films make you feel like you are in the

water, for moments it did just that."

     - The Knockturnal

Watch: ABC World News Tonight with David Muir names Mike and Maria

McQuay and the Jersey Hammerheads Swim Team Persons of the Week

"New Documentary Follows Team of Autistic Swimmers...'Swim Team' is a

documentary about a group of children who ultimately defy all odds...The

messages of 'Swim Team' are strong: Don’t allow others to set your limits

for you, and hard work is the key to success, regardless of what you pursue."

     - Sports Illustrated Kids

Review: "Making a exceptional documentary on what it means to

come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances..."

     - Eye For Film

Review: "Technically as well as emotionally, this is a film that hooks you: Director

of photography Laela Kilbourn captures some beautiful aquatic photography."

     - Edge Media Network

Review: "...a film that’s both eye-opening and heart-opening...Thumbs Up!"


Review: "Perhaps the most effective moments are the underwater shots. Cinematographer Laela Kilbourn beautifully captures the unlikely combination of

tension and grace in each of the young men’s swimming techniques. Robbie’s

mastery of the butterfly is particularly beautiful to watch. Kilbourn’s underwater

footage of Kelvin’s smooth swimming style is in sharp contrast to the

uncontrolled movements and tics above the surface."

     - Film Forward

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ICG Magazine's Generation Next: Laela Kilbourn

meet the next generation of Local 600 Cinematographers -

inspired, enlightened, and diverse.

     - Margot Carmichael Lester, International Cinematographers

       Guild Magazine