Judy Phu is a cinematographer. Her family's fortitude and wild journeys 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 detail-oriented observations are experienced 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. She was the cinematographer on Jessica Rae's independent feature RAISE YOUR HAND, which festival premieres in Los Angeles in 2020. Judy's episodic work includes the Killer Films and SuperDeluxe produced comedy series THIS CLOSE, the first TV show written and performed by deaf creators. THIS CLOSE is a New York Times Critics’ pick, earned Peabody and GLAAD award nominations, and both seasons can be seen on SundanceTV.  

Judy is mentored by John S. Bartley, ASC, CSC (THE X-FILES, LOST, BATES MOTEL, THE CW’S NANCY DREW) as part of the ASC Vision program, and is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild local 600. 

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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


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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