Sean Price Williams
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Sean Price Williams
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Williams is known for his textured, fluid camerawork (often handheld) and a heightened attention to available light. The New Yorker film critic Richard Brody described Williams (in a memorial appraisal of documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, for whom Williams served extensively as cameraman) as "the cinematographer for many of the best and most significant independent films of the past decade, fiction and documentary — including Frownland, Yeast, Fake It So Real, The Color Wheel, Young Bodies Heal Quickly, Listen Up Philip, the Safdie brothers' ... Heaven Knows What, and Alex Ross Perry's new [as of 2015] feature Queen of Earth."
In a 2013 article for Film.com, critic Calum Marsh deemed Williams "micro-budget filmmaking's most exciting cinematographer." Marsh would go on to write in a 2014 article in Toronto's National Post that "Williams, in particular, has proven indispensable to the [2010s American independent film] movement, and over the past several years has distinguished dozens of the films with his all but peerless talent for photography, from experimental nonfiction work like Maiko Endo's Kuichisan to more conventional comedies like Bob Byington's Somebody Up There Likes Me."
Along with other celebrated figures of the New York independent film scene such as Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, Robert Greene, Luke Oleksa, and Michael M. Bilandic, Williams was a long-time employee of famed New York video and music store Kim's Video and Music.
- Frownland (2007)
- Yeast (2008)
- Impolex (2009)
- Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009)
- Mulberry Street (2010)
- The Color Wheel (2011)
- Kuichisan (2012)
- Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012)
- The Black Balloon (2012)
- If You Take This (2014)
- The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (2014)
- Listen Up Philip (2014)
- Iris (2014)
- Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2014)
- Heaven Knows What (2014)
- Queen of Earth (2015)
- Christmas, Again (2015)
- Sin Alas (2015)
- Kate Plays Christine (2016)
- Good Time (2017)
- Thirst Street (2017)
- Golden Exits (2017)
- Marjorie Prime (2017)
- Wobble Palace (2018)
- The Great Pretender (2018)
- Her Smell (2018)
- Fishman, Margie (September 26, 2014). "'Hellaware' film means no offense to First State". The News Journal. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
- Yepes, Julia (August 17, 2017). "The cinematographer behind all of your favorite underground films". Interview. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
- Brody, Richard (March 6, 2015). "Postscript: Albert Maysles, 1926-2015". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- Marsh, Calum (July 17, 2013). "Meet Micro-Budget Filmmaking's Most Exciting Cinematographer". Film.com. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- Marsh, Calum (October 24, 2014). "America's most vital filmmaking movement finally shows its face on Canadian screens". National Post. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- "The Story of Kim's Video & Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers". Bedford + Bowery. August 22, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2015.