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 overlooked. Her fascination with light within these spaces and people, and her nimble, detail-oriented observations are seen in: HBO’s Emmy nominated ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL, directed by Tracy Droz Tragos, IFC’s OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES, directed by Laura Gabbert, and Jessica Rae’s RAISE YOUR HAND, an indie feature that premiered at Co-Ambassadors Michael B. Jordan and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi's 2020 Social Justice Now film festival. Her episodic work includes the Killer Films and SuperDeluxe produced comedy series THIS CLOSE, the first TV show by deaf creators. Created, written and performed by Shoshannah Stern and Joshua Feldman, 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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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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