Judy Phu is a Director of Photography. Her family's fortitude as Vietnam war survivors sparks her curiosity and imagination.

Judy’s compelling visuals are sensitive to situations, communities and conditions typically unseen. Her fascination with light within these spaces and people, and her nimble, detail-oriented observations are seen in films such as HBO’s Emmy nominated ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and IFC’s OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES, directed by Laura Gabbert. Judy photographed Jessica Rae’s RAISE YOUR HAND, an indie feature that premiered at The 2020 Social Justice Now film festival by Co-Ambassadors Michael B. Jordan and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi. Her episodic work includes the Killer Films and SuperDeluxe produced comedy series THIS CLOSE, the first TV show written and performed by deaf creators. Executive produced and directed by Andrew Ahn, THIS CLOSE is a New York Times Critics’ pick, earned Peabody and GLAAD award nominations, and can be seen on SundanceTV.

Judy is mentored by John S. Bartley, ASC, CSC (THE X-FILES, BATES MOTEL, LOST, THE CW'S NANCY DREW), and is a member of ​the International Cinematographer’s Guild. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Rhetoric Studies and the Art Practice department. She earned her MFAs at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

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education
BA Rhetoric Studies, University of California, Berkeley

BA Visual Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

MFA Film Directing at UCLA, TFT

MFA Cinematography at UCLA, TFT

recognitions

Best Cinematography Award, for MY FLORIDA HOME at the Sunscreen Film Festival WEST

QWFF Best Cinematography Award, for film LILY IN THE GRINDER

Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship

CINE Golden Eagle Award for film, A DAY AS HOLLY's KIDS

Motion Picture Association of America Award

Graduate Opportunity Fellow, UCLA

Jack Nicholson Distinguished Director Award

Edna and Yu Shan Han Endowed Fellowship

Homer Award

Sacramento Bee Journalism Grant​

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