Autumn Durald grew up in the Bay Area. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She went on to receive her Masters of Fine Arts at the American Film Institute in Cinematography in 2009. Autumn Durald was selected as one of the 2014 Variety's "10 Cinematographers to watch", one of 2014 Variety's "Up Next" in their "Below The Line Impact Report" and Indiewire's "On The Rise 2014: Cinematographers To Watch." She is a feature and commercial cinematographer, and heralds a new wave on the cinematographic scene. Working with very visual directors to create lush celluloid landscapes. Written and directed by Gia Coppola from James Franco’s short stories, Durald lensed "Palo Alto". Starring James Franco alongside Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolf and Val Kilmer. Palo Alto screened at Telluride, with it's World Premier at the 2013 Biennale di Venezia and North American premier at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Variety's Peter Debruge applauded “the striking Steadicam lensing by gifted female d.p. Autumn Durald [which] buffers everything from harsh realism, allowing a slightly dreamlike quality into the proceedings.” Durald also lensed Sundance script "One & Two" directed by Andrew Droz Palermo, which premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and SXSW. Hollywood Reporter's Harry Windsor praised Durald in his One & Two review; "Gifted cinematographer Autumn Cheyenne Durald's (Palo Alto) dusky images and shallow depth of field recalls Roger Deakins' work on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and the lyrical, prelapsarian world she evokes is the last place you expect to see teenagers apparating at will."
Durald lensed Max Minghella's debut feature film 'Teen Spirit' starring Elle Fanning which premiered at TIFF and will have its theatrical release in April 2019. She also shot the acclaimed novelist Emma Forrest's feature film 'Untogether' Starring Ben Mendelsohn, Jemima Kirke, Jamie Dornan and Lola Kirke, released in February 2019. In the summer of 2018 Durald completed photography on Director Ry Russo Young's latest feature for MGM and Warner Brothers 'The Sun Is Also A Star' starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton. Durald is now in preproduction on Gia Coppola's next feature film titled 'Mainstream' starring Andrew Garfield and Maya Hawke.
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