Maria Cabra Assistant Camera
Maria Cabra is an Italian freelance photographer and cinematographer based in New York City. She attended Politecnico di Milano in Italy and has a degree in industrial design, focused in fashion. She has worked with Silvia Gavina developing the concept of VIA.gg.IOproject, beauty brand. She attended a Technical Photography course at “Forma” International Photography Center in Milan, Italy; where she started as a follower under the expertise of Maurizio Montagna, an art photographer who became eventually her photography Master. She then made researches in lighting and films stocks as an independent photographer.
When Maria moved to New York she attended a full one-year cinematography hands-on immersion course at New York Film Academy, and studied respectively with John Loughlin, Piero Basso (AIC), and John Foster. She produced and shot more than 8 short movies as a student. She worked with the writer/director Valerie Khoudari Ratner, whose short movie “Sylvie” participated at the Zero Film Festival in New York, the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood (where it ended up winning a Merit Award); also at “Dead by Dawn” Scotland’s International Horror Film Festival, and Viscera Film Festival. Recently she has been collaborating with fashion photographers such as Paul Maffi and Chek Wu for backstage videos. She attended the Master POV Cinematography in Los Angeles, USA studying with Gabriel Beristain (ASC, BSC), Allen Daviau (ASC), Robbie Greenberg (ASC), Karl Walter Lindenlaud (ASC, Bvk), and Mark Sawicki.
Now Maria is mainly shooting as an AC and has just finished the production of the feature film “In the Summer Pavilion” directed by Paul David Young, and cinematography by Vitaly Bokser. Besides, she shoots low budget short movies as a cinematographer, or works in fashion shooting backstage for “Twelv” magazine.
Bekir Ognat, clearly intrepid man of many hats, started studying acting 5 years ago as an exciting fun experiment. He earned the nickname “Big Boss” from his acting friends in New York due to his choices during improvisation exercises. Some of these strong choices, however, led him to be kicked out of school where he had been studying the Meisner Technique for 2 years. Nevertheless, he is not easily deterred, and soon after his tenacious curiosity had propelled him on to filmmaking courses at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, New York Film Academy, and the New School. At one point he concurrently had a full time job and classes 7 days a week at different schools. What is more, he sometimes slept in his car, and seriously wished he had an RV to make his life easier.
Down the road, he has now actively taken part in some film projects and he even volunteered in a number of indie movies, including “Hitting Rock Bottom”, and not long ago he also participated as a producer in the short film “Kill St”. Bekir currently has other upcoming movie projects of his own to be developed after this short film “CIRCLE” is fully completed and released. He still takes classes from HB Studio to stay connected to acting, which he firmly believes is the foundation of good filmmakers, writers, and directors.