Ava Porter is a Los Angeles based artist, filmmaker, and photographer.


Education
MFA, Visual Arts, UC San Diego, 2015
BA, Photography & New Media, UCLA, 2007
 

Select Filmography
Wild Honey (Documentary Feature). Co-Director, Cinematographer, Editor (Co-Director Farhad Akhmetov), 2019 (In Post-Production)
Organ Player (Feature Film). Cinematographer, Additional Editing (Director Narcissister), 2017
Trashy (Short Film). Director, Editor, 2016
Where the Snowy River Runs (Music Video). Director, Cinematographer, 2016
Role (Short Film). Director, Editor (Co-Director Farhad Akhmetov), 2015
The Pond (Short Film). Cinematographer, (Dir. Aitor Lajarin), 2014
Soldier (8-Channel Video/Experimental Film), Director, Cinematographer, 2014
SLAUGHTER (2 Channel Video and Painting/Sculpture Installation), Director, Cinematographer, 2014
Lost (Short Film), Director, 2014
Love Walked In (Short Film), Director, Cinematographer, 2013
I Exist For You (Experimental Film Series and Multi-Channel Installation), Director, Cinematographer, Performer, 2012
Ima (Experimental Film), Director, Cinematographer, 2011
The Vessel (3-Channel Video Installation), Director, Cinematographer, Performer, 2011
Forever No More (Short Film), Cinematographer (Dir.  Earnest Rhea), 2010
Friends (Short Film), Cinematographer (Dir. Mazzin Chaudhari), 2010


Select Screenings
Organ Player. Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT, 2018
The Wrestlers. International Festival of Video Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015
Soldier. Wa/So (Collaboration with Yvette Jackson) ArtPower! Filmatic Festival, La Jolla, CA, 2014
Lost. Glottalopticon, Space4Art, San Diego, CA, 2013
I Exist For You.  Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2013
Love Walked In. Underrepresented: A Film Series and Panel Discussion, El Camino College, Compton, CA, 2013
Love Walked In. Conrad Prebys Music Center Experimental Theater, La Jolla, CA, 2012
 

Work Experience
Lecturer, Camera Technique, Visual Arts DepartmentUC San Diego, 2018
Lecturer, Introduction to Digital Photography, Visual Arts DepartmentUC San Diego, 2018
Photographer, Getty Research Institute, 2015-2018
Lecturer, Hard Look at the Movies, Visual Arts DepartmentUC San Diego, 2016
Lecturer, Fantasy in Film, Visual Arts DepartmentUC San Diego, 2015
Teaching Assistant, Photography and Media, Visual Arts Department, UC San Diego, 2012-2015
Photographer and Digital Technician (Photography and Video), Kellwood Company, 2009-2012
Photographer and Communications Associate, SPARC, 2008-2009
Production Associate, Videoline Productions, 2007-2008


Awards & Fellowships
Bruce Gellar Memorial WORD Prize. American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA, 2018
Fulbright Documentary Filmmaking Fellowship. Fulbright US Program, Washington, DC, 2017
Creative Capital Award Finalist: Emerging Fields. Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY, 2015
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 2014
IDEAS Award, The Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), CA, 2014


Bibliography
Filmmaker Magazine, DP Ava Porter on Narcissister Organ Player, January 27, 2018


Select Photography Clients
The Getty • Eventbrite • Narcissister • Vince • True Religion Denim • Black Denim • Rebecca Taylor • Jane Rosenberg • Shahar Mintz