Iris Ng‘s airy, soft-hued lensing (no-nonsense digital for the interview sequences, elegantly bleached Super 8…) lend[s] the proceedings a wintry grace.” - Variety

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Stories We Tell

2012, Documentary, 108 mins
National Film Board of Canada
Director: Sarah Polley
Best CDN Film - Toronto Film Critics Association
Best Documentary - LA Film Critics Association, NY Film Critics Circle, Canadian Screen Awards
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Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley playfully excavates layers of myth and memory to reveal the truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Stories We Tell

Toxic Beauty

2019, Documentary, 90 mins
White Pine Pictures, CBC
Director: Phyllis Ellis
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With exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, advocates, regulators, politicians, a dynamic whistle blower, survivors and women who have lost their lives, Toxic Beauty follows the class action lawsuit against J&J and the plaintiffs, personal stories of women fighting for justice in a race against time.

Making A Murderer

2015, 10-part Documentary Series
Netflix, Synthesis Films
Winner of 4 Primetime Emmy Awards
including Outstanding Documentary Series
Directors: Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos
Director of Photography (Ep.10)
Additional Cinematography (Ep.1-9)

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Making A Murderer

Hey, Lady!

2020, Digital Series, 8x 7mins
TJ Content, CBC Gem
Directors: Sarah Polley, Adriana Maggs, Will Bowes
Sundance Film Festival

Starring Jayne Eastwood - this is a 8x5min comedy series about a wiry old gal with a whiskey voice and a bourbon appetite, who refuses to let herself be put out to pasture. In an age when age is often the problem, Lady is a testament to the life force.

Hey, Lady!

NUUCA

2017, Documentary, 12 mins
Field Of Vision, Streel Films
Director: Michelle Latimer
Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival

An evocative meditation on Indigenous women’s integral connection to land and the ways in which the extractive industry’s rape of the Earth is directly linked to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.

PUSH

2019, Documentary, 92 mins
WG FIlm, TVO
Director: Fredrik Gertten
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PUSH investigates why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, around the globe trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why.

Shirkers

2018, Documentary, 97 mins
Netflix
Director: Sandi Tan
Best Documentary - LA Film Critics Association
Best World Cinema Documentary Director - Sundance Film Festival
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In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore’s first indie-a road movie called “Shirkers.” After shooting wrapped, their enigmatic mentor, Georges,  vanished with all the footage! 20 years later, Sandi is on a new personal odyssey across two continents and many media.

Shirkers

A Better Man

2017, Documentary, 85 mins
Directors: Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan

Attiya was 17 when she dated Steve. Now, two decades later, here they are again, sitting across from each other, not to reminisce but to process. In a powerful act of restorative justice, they’ve come together to talk through their violent relationship.

A Better Man

Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl

2016, Documentary, 113 mins
Yap Films, PBS
Director: Vikram Jayanti

American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl explores Lynn’s hard-fought road to stardom, her struggles to balance her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn and six children with her music career, her friendships and collaborations with Sissy Spacek, Johnny Cash, and Jack White among many more.

Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl

Migrant Dreams

2016, Documentary, 88 mins
Canadian Hillman Prize For Journalism 2017
Colin Low Award for Cdn Documentary at DOXA Int'l Documentary Festival
Director: Min Sook Lee

Award-winning director Min Sook Lee and Emmy award-winning producer Lisa Valencia-Svensson, tell the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program that treats foreign workers as modern-day indentured labourers.

Migrant Dreams

this river

2016, Short Documentary, 19 mins
National Film Board of Canada
Directors: Katherena Vermette, Erika MacPherson
Canadian Screen Award -
Best Short Documentary
Coup de coeur Jury Award,
Festival Presence Autochtone
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this river offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared.

League of Exotique Dancers

2015, Documentary, 90 mins
Director: Rama Rau
Opening Night Film - Hot Docs Film Festival 2016

Dancers set the stage for a provocative and eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque through the colourful lives of unforgettable women who made it glitter.

League of Exotique Dancers

ROPEd

2017, Short Film, 18 mins
Director: Riel Stone

Based on Margaret Atwood’s poem “Half-hanged Mary”, ROPEd follows the fiercely independent Mary Webster, a healer and landowner, who is confronted by her Puritan neighbors with accusations of witchcraft.

Robin & Mark & Richard III

2016, Documentary, 58 mins
Devil's Gap
Directors: Martha Burns, Susan Coyne

The story of an unusual collaboration between master theatre director, Robin Phillips, and gifted comedian, Mark McKinney. Over two years, they dive into the mysteries of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III,’ and discover the power of “Shakespearituality.”

Herman’s House

2012, Documentary, 81 mins
Storyline Entertainment
Director: Angad Singh Bhalla
Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Program
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In 2001 one of America’s most famous inmates Herman Joshua Wallace received a letter from a young New York artist who posed the question: “What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?”

Herman’s House

The Ghosts in Our Machine

2013, Multi-Platform Documentary
Writer/Director: Liz Marshall
For documentary channel
(shared cinematography credit)
Best CDN Feature - Planet In Focus Int'l Environmental Film & Video Festival
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This film illuminates the lives of individual animals living within or rescued from the machine of our modern world, through the heart and photographic lens of protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur.

The Ghosts in Our Machine

The Trip

2015, Short Film, 18 mins
Director: Grace Wang

A mother and daughter go on a weekend trip to a small town in the country. At a mystical and beautiful beach, they share a moment that catches both of them by surprise.

Diana Leblanc

2015, Short Documentary
Writer/Director: Mary Lewis
Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation.
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This short follows grand dame of the theatre Diana Leblanc as she prepares for a role in The Dybbuk (Soulpepper Theatre Company) and gets ready to direct an opera (Madame Butterfly).

Michael M. Koerner

2015, Short Documentary
Writer/Director: Mary Lewis
Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation.
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Driven by generosity and an unadulterated curiosity, Michael Koerner has dedicated himself to philanthropic work while seeming heroically intent on evading the limelight.

Sarah Polley

Director, Stories We Tell

Iris Ng is meticulous, collaborative, creative and makes the process of making a film an absolute joy. Her ability to to be a rigorous perfectionist in her work at the same time as maintaining a calm, organized atmosphere on set is awe inspiring. She consistently thinks outside the box, finding creative solutions to practical problems that never feel like compromises. She spends a lot of energy grasping the particular vision of the filmmakers she works with, but I found, in the process of making the film, Stories We Tell, that I chose to lean on her more and more as her creative voice was often much more articulate than my own. We had a happy crew and ended up with a  film we were all proud of because of her.

Oliver Husain

Director, Moth Maze

I’ll have to think more about it, but the first thing that comes to mind is that Iris listens very carefully to the initial idea and understands it exceptionally fast, often better than I understand it myself yet. She gets the singular aesthetic quality of the film to be realized, or its potential, and then all her suggestions for technical solutions are close to that specific idea, the core of the film. And she pushes the process to get even closer to it. She doesn’t rely too much on examples and references to other films / classic images / etc. Instead, she comes up with the visual style for the project from the given situation, through tests and discussions. It shows her unique aesthetic intelligence and vast technical knowledge. And she never holds back – if the right technical solution means that she’ll be attached to the camera moving 3/4 inches for six hours (for the stop motion animation Moth Maze), she’ll just do it.

Min Sook Lee

Writer/Director, My Toxic Baby

Aptly named, Iris is a cinematographer who captures the essence of a moment with an unblinking eye for light, drama and movement.

Rama Rau

Writer/Director, The Market

Iris and I worked on my film THE MARKET and though it was the first time we were working together, we got along great, in terms of how to film. After initial conversations, we were very much on the same page when it came to the shots required and Iris went definitely far beyond the required minimum, to make sure I got all that I wanted. I especially liked the fact that she took the trouble to understand the larger picture of the film and made sure she gave me lots to work with. We had a lot of fun shooting and brought in the film on budget and on time. I’d definitely work with Iris again and recommend her highly, should anyone want to work with a sensitive, courageous and hard working DOP.

Angad Bhalla

Director, Herman’s House

Iris is a pleasure to work with. Not only does she know how to light for any occasion, she brings her humanity to every angle she lenses.

Giselle Portenier

Director, Defying Destiny

From the moment Iris Ng joined our team, filming on an extremely sensitive and delicate assignment, she was a delight to work with.  Iris was hardworking, creative, and very very talented; in short, a consummate professional. Iris also managed to make herself almost invisible to our subjects, which was tremendously helpful in documenting their very personal and painful stories.  I look forward to working with her again.

PRESS

Stories We Tell

“Iris Ng’s airy, soft-hued lensing (no-nonsense digital for the interview sequences, elegantly bleached Super 8 for the reconstructions) lend[s] the proceedings a wintry grace.”

Stories We Tell

|   August 30, 2012, by Guy Lodge
After Abuse, the Possibility of “A Better Man”

“Sarah Polley (the actress and director of the documentary “Stories We Tell”) is the executive producer of “A Better Man”; the cinematographer is Iris Ng; Khan co-directed the film, along with Lawrence Jackman. That so many women are in charge of the movie is all the more remarkable given that their storytelling has a therapeutic dimension for Khan.”

After Abuse, the Possibility of “A Better Man”

|   November 19, 2017, by Doreen St. Félix
Women to Watch: Iris Ng

“It’s easy to forget that remembering is a visualization too—sometimes the images are vivid enough to make us sure, and foggy enough to make us suspect. The way Ng confronts that hazy recollection is what seems to resonate the most with audiences.”

Women to Watch: Iris Ng

|   April 18, 2016, by Sara Black McCulloch
A Better Man: Active Listening

“the beauty of the film is not just that it demonstrates the possibility of recovery, survivorship, forgiveness, and empathy, but also that it models the act of active listening... The camera work is calm, thoughtful and present. In one scene Steve and Attiya are filmed from outside the window of a cafe where they remember their fraught past. The effect is that they are both held in the gaze of the camera, but this is not a predatory accusing gaze that looks to transform their discourse for the pleasure of the future audience.”

A Better Man: Active Listening

   |   May 2, 2017, by Aine McGlynn
Stories We Tell: Venice Review

“Polley’s overall vision and concept…ultimately prove sufficiently strong to support the considerable degrees of ambiguity which she riskily deploys. This is also in no small part due to the outstanding technical assistance she receives from offscreen collaborators including cinematographer Iris Ng”

Stories We Tell: Venice Review

   |   August 30, 2012, by Neil Young
Review: TIFF Short Docs

“Nuuca is an impassioned work of art ... Rhythmic cuts offering images of the natural landscape contrast sharply with the violating bravado of industry (as rigs churn and flames burn).”

Review: TIFF Short Docs

   |   September 10, 2017, by Patrick Mullen
Iris Ng Telling Sarah Polley’s Stories

“the divergent techniques and approaches to composition that went into making Stories We Tell ultimately converge into a compelling film, and Polley’s faith in Ng’s instincts and judgment went a long way to bringing together the final product.”

Iris Ng Telling Sarah Polley’s Stories

   |   April 1, 2013, by Fanen Chiahemen
Sarah Polley’s touching documentary wallows in greatness…

“Stories We Tell takes cinematic risks that pay off tremendously in both execution partnered with Iris Ng’s stunning cinematography. This is one of the best things that the movies have offered this year.”

Sarah Polley’s touching documentary wallows in greatness…

   |   May 9, 2013, by Clayton Davis
Herman’s House - Hot Docs 2012 Must See #1

“The top-drawer cinematography by Bhalla and Iris Ng is full of superlative compositions and a magnificent, deft use of light.”

Herman’s House - Hot Docs 2012 Must See #1

   |   April 16, 2012, by Greg Klymkiw
Film Review: Stories We Tell

“Polley’s ally in this legerdemain is her brilliant DP Iris Ng.”

Film Review: Stories We Tell

   |   May 10, 2013, by Erica Abeel

Feature Length

Toxic Beauty

Documentary
White Pine Pictures / CBC
Phyllis Ellis

PUSH

Documentary
WG Film
Frederik Gertten

Shirkers

Documentary
Netflix
Sandi Tan

Making A Murderer Part 2

Documentary Series (shared credit)
Synthesis Films / Netflix
Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi

The Country

Documentary
CBC doc channel
Phyllis Ellis

Migrant Dreams

Documentary
Tiger Spirit / TVO
Min Sook Lee

A Better Man

Documentary
Intervention Productions / NFB
Attiya Khan, Lawrence Jackman

Girls’ Night Out

Documentary
White Pine Pictures / CBC
Phyllis Ellis

American Masters: Loretta Lynn

Documentary
YAP Films / PBS
Vikram Jayanti

Stories We Tell

Documentary
National Film Board of Canada
Sarah Polley

The Ghosts In Our Machine

Documentary (shared credit)
Ghosts Media Inc.
Liz Marshall

League of Exotique Dancers

Documentary
Storyline Entertainment
Rama Rau

Upcoming (selected)

2nd Unit / B / Additional Camera

Kim’s Convenience

TV Series (4 Seasons)
CBC & Thunderbird Films
Various directors

Divide And Conquer - The Story Of Roger Ailes

Documentary
Jigsaw Productions / A&E
Alexis Bloom

Neanderthals:                            Meet Your Ancestors

Mini-Series Documentary BBC
Vikram Jayanti

Making A Murderer - Part 1

Documentary Series
Synthesis Films / Netflix
Moira Demos, Laura Ricciardi

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Documentary
Free Spirit Films / TMN
Alison Reid

Enlighten Us

Documentary
Big Pond Films / CNN Films
Jenny Carchman

Mission Blue

Documentary
Insurgent Media / Netflix
Fisher Stevens, Robert Nixon

The Apology

Documentary (shared credit)
National Film Board of Canada
Tiffany Hsiung

Bikes vs. Cars

Documentary
WG Film
Fredrik Gertten

The Cholesterol Question

Documentary
Markham Street Films
for CBC - The Nature of Things
Michael McNamara

It’s a Teen’s World

Documentary
Storyline Entertainment
for CBC
Lynn Glazier

Museum Secrets (14 Episodes)

Documentary Series
Kensington Communications
for History Television
Various directors

Short Format

Hey, Lady!

Digital Series
TJ Content / CBC Gem
Adrianna Maggs,
Sarah Polley, Will Bowes
Sundance Film Festival

In The Making:                        Beverly Glenn Copeland

TV Documentary
White Pine Pictures / CBC
Sean O'Neill

NUUCA

Short Documentary
Field Of Vision / Streel Films
Michelle Latimer
Sundance, TIFF, Berlin FF

this river

Short Documentary
National Film Board of Canada
Katherena Vermette,
Erika MacPherson

Stateless

Short Documentary
Shooting Star
Amar Wala

ROPEd

Short Film
Cedar Avenue Productions
Riel Stone

Robin and Mark and Richard III

Short Film
Devil's Gap
Martha Burns, Susan Coyne

Isla Santa Maria 3D

3D Installation Film
Images Festival
Oliver Husain

Diana Leblanc, Michael M. Koerner

Short Films
National Film Board of Canada
Mary Lewis

The Trip

Narrative Short
Grace Wang

The Fortune Teller

Short Film / Installation
Annie MacDonell

Inside the Criterion Collection

S Polley & G Gerwig on Frances Ha
Criterion

Dear What’s Your Face

Video Installation
Oliver Husain

Service of the Goods

Short Film
Jean-Paul Kelly

Moth Maze

Video Installation
Oliver Husain

Sedition

Documentary
PEN Canada / Min Sook Lee
Min Sook Lee

Circa 1960

Short Film
Chris Curreri

Purfled Promises

Film Installation
Oliver Husain

Point of Departure

Documentary
Iris Ng

Mount Shasta

Film Installation
Oliver Husain

Without Persons

Video Installation
Luis Jacob

Permits

Visa

O-1 USA

Affiliations

IATSE 667

Category
Director of Photography

Canadian Society of Cinematographers

Associate Member

Education

York University,

Film and Video Production,
Bachelor of Fine Arts Diploma

CONTACT/BIO

Email Iris

Iris Ng

Director of Photography
U.S.A. O-1 Visa Holder
iris@iriscinematography.com

Iris Ng is recognized as a versatile cinematographer, who lends her patience, creativity, intuition, and skill to bring a director’s vision to the screen. For over a decade, Iris has collaborated with award-winning directors Sarah Polley, Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, Michelle Latimer, and Martha Burns on a variety of documentaries while shooting a wide variety of films for artists such as Chris Curreri, Oliver Husain, Bambitchell, and Richard Fung.

Iris was intrigued at an early age by the photos and Super 8 movies that were created and preserved by the image-makers in her family. That discovery – that it is possible to capture the essence of a moment – has become a lifelong influence in her creative work.

After obtaining her BFA in Film Production from York University, she has honed her craft shooting over sixty projects in many facets of the industry, from narrative, art and documentary films to commercials, music videos and episodic television. In the process, she has had the opportunity to work in Asia, Africa, Europe, and across North America.

Iris brings a visual arts background to the projects she works on – which allows her to approach the work abstractly and conceptually, before tapping into the technical skills required to bring a director’s vision to screen. Iris is known for her intuition and patience balanced by strong technique.

She is equally comfortable working in the latest digital formats as well as 35mm, 16mm and Super 8 film, according to the needs of the story or concept. While her work has been screened in festivals and installations around the world, Iris’ goal continues to be to capture the essence of the moment in the medium, regardless of the size of the project.