JACEK LASKUS – CINEMATOGRAPHER
A native of Poland, Cinematographer Jacek Laskus’ extensive film, television and documentary credits include films lensed in the US and abroad. His most recent projects was a full length documentary on “Big Data” which will air this fall on PBS. Other documentaries took him to Nepal, India, Rwanda, Peru and The Republic of Georgia where he shot projects for director Sandy Smolan.
His latest feature “MultipleSarcasms,” starring Timothy Hutton and Mira Sorvino, was shot on location in NYC. He is prepping a feature film that will shoot in Atlanta.
While living and working in NYC in addition to feature work, he shot numerous music videos and SNL shorts for award winning directors Zbigniew Rybczynski, and Jonathan Demme. Jacek relocated to Los Angeles in the late 80’s and shot his first Hollywood film “Square Dance” starring Winona Ryder and Rob Lowe for director Daniel Petrie Sr. The Film opened the 1987 Sundance film Festival. He was recruited by Robert Altman to shoot “The Caine Mutiny Court Marshall” starring Eric Bogosian and Brad Davis. The film earned him the ASC nomination for Outstanding Cinematography. In 1996 Jacek received his second ASC nomination for “Garden of Redemption,” a WWII drama directed by Thomas Michael Donnelly. His work on “Colors Straight Up” a documentary directed by Michele Ohayon was recognized when the film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998. He worked also with directors such as Michael Tolkin, Jeremy Kagan, His work with Director Michael Pressman on “Frankie and Johnny are Married”, embraced the ever changing technological landscape utilizing HI DEF, Mini DV, Super 16, and35MM to tell the story utilizing different textures and cinematic approaches. Amongst his other credits are Bill Sherwood’s seminal “Parting Glances.” The film was screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 1986 and earned considerable respect as one of the very first independent films to explore the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s. In 2009 the film was restored through the UCLA archival library.
Jacek traveled extensively shooting feature films through Europe and New Zealand, as well as documentaries in Asia, Africa, and South America shooting for Heffeir International. He thought photography in Saudi Arabia.
Jacek lives and works in Los Angeles and is a member of ASC and PSC. He is a faculty member at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Thought workshops at Maine Media Workshops and has also taught cinematography at California Institute of the Arts, The American Film Institute
He is also an accomplished still photographer with group show in LA and solo exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands and During Camerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2013 as well as in Lodz Poland in February of this year.