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Gemma Doll-Grossman is a LA-based cinematographer born and raised in San Francisco. She has lensed films that recently premiered at Venice Film Festival (Isabella Torre's Luna Piena) and SXSW (Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz's Scotty’s Vag).

 

After earning degrees in Biology and Film Studies from Wesleyan University, Gemma worked as a soccer coach to save money to book a one-way ticket to Rome to reconnect with her family. She ended up living in Italy for four years and working as a set electric, most notably alongside directors Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea, A Ciambra and A Chiara), Benh Zeitlin (Wendy) and Joe Talbot (American Paradise). 

 

Upon her return to California, Gemma graduated with an MFA in Cinematography from AFI Conservatory in 2019. She has since been a Project Involve 2022 fellow, a two-time Panavision grant recipient, and a cinematographer at the 2023 Sundance Directors' Lab.

 

Gemma focuses on narrative feature filmmaking. Her features are currently in post-production: Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz's existential angsty horror What She Doesn't Know, Francisco Ordoñez's erotic crime thriller The Low End Theory, Seabold Kreb's psychological drama Bury Me When I'm Dead  and Matt Hardy's Dogme 95-inspired Bare.


Gemma's goal is to make audiences experience visceral, somatic sensations to story and image. Committed to capturing often untold perspectives and utilizing experimental techniques, Gemma loves to explore sexuality, moral ambiguity, and the magical in the mundane.

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photo by Caryn Waechter

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