Chicago Filmmakers announces Film Education Program

Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago Filmmakers announces the launch of Masterwork: Industry Conversations, a series of virtual interviews designed to provide insight into the careers of long established and award-winning filmmakers.

The first session will take place on July 23 with cinematographer Jeff Jur, and the second will be on August 27 with cinematographer Michelle Crenshaw, both followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Tickets for the first two sessions are available on Chicago Filmmakers’ website, and are free for members and $25 for non-members. 

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Cinematographer Jeff Jur

The first installment in the series will feature an interview with Jeff Jur, two-time Emmy and Career Achievement in Television Award winner who has worked on series such as ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, HBO series Carnivale, Showtime series Dexter, and many others. With more than 30 years’ experience behind the camera, Jur’s feature film cinematography credits include Dirty DancingThe Big PictureHow Stella Got Her Groove Back, Panic, Joy Ride, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, among many others.

In 2019, he was awarded a Career Achievement Award from the ASC, its highest honor for cinematography. Jeff Jur will join us for a virtual discussion about how he got started, how he developed his style, how and why he has chosen particular projects, and more.

The event will take place on July 23 at 7:00PM CST and participants may register on Chicago Filmmakers’ website. 


Cinematographer Michelle Crenshaw

The second event in the series Masterwork: Industry Conversations will feature Michelle Crenshaw, cinematographer and longtime camera operator who freelances on features, episodic television and documentaries. She is currently working on the CBS series Bob ❤ Abishola as a camera operator.

Michelle Crenshaw has worked as a cinematographer on independent short and feature films including As Evil DoesBridging The Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race and The New Black. Crenshaw is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California Cinematic Arts, and is an active member of the International Cinematographers Guild as a seated board member elected by members of the guild.

Michelle Crenshaw will be joining us on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00PM CST to discuss her career achievements and journey in the filmmaking industry. 

Visit for more information and to register for the event. 

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