William Sabourin – Director of Photography (Season 2)

After graduating from the University of Havana College of Engineering, William found his way to the US in 1999. Later that same year he picked up a camera for the first time, looked through the lens and found his calling. Ever since, he has been driven by passion, creativity, hard work, devotion and discipline to the craft of light. This has opened new vistas in the way he breathe in the world and subsequently, the way the world responds to his rhythm in kind. William’s first job was as a live feed cameraman at the horse races in New Orleans where he mastered the nuanced of the fast moving image. He continued his lessons in the language of light and image as a student at the University of New Orleans College of Fine Arts.

During Kartina, William produced, directed, and edited a short film titled, Ole Orleans: The Clash between a Storm and a City. The short film received national acclaim within film industry circles. Some of his footage from the story and aftermath was soon thereafter picked up and aired nationally and internationally in documentaries on The History Channel, Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and a two hour special National Geographic Channel. Williams has worked as a Cinematographer and Director of Photography on projects on national and cable channel networks, including PBS and HBP. In 2007 he worked as Director of Photography for After the Storm, a film by Hille Medilla. When the shoot was over William moved to France where he’d been awarded a fellowship by the city of Parios to study as te Cite International des Art, In 2001 Williams won first prize at the New Orleans Film Festival for short documentaries. With Uprising: Drums, Voice of Resistance, William is realizing an old dream; to make a feature film in his native country, Cuba. The documentary is in the early stages of post-production.