Carmen Cabana is a cinematographer of Afro-Hispanic descent raised in Colombia. Her TV work includes Hulu's new series "High Fidelity" starring Zoe Kravitz; Starz LatinX hit show "Vida S1 and S2", Netflix's "Narcos Season 2", Amazon's pilot "Los Angeles" and HBO Access pilot "Sterling".
Her film work includes 24 independent features including Blumhouse/Amazon's: "Nocturne" starring Sydney Sweeney and TNT/Refinery 29 short "French Fries" directed by Janine Sherman Barrois. Carmen's years of experience and ability for understanding story, capturing emotion and visual dynamism has catapulted her towards the top choices for female cinematographers.
She has been recognized in magazines like American Cinematographer for her work on HIGH FIDELITY (05/2010), also as a RISING STAR IN CINEMATOGRAPHY (May/2020) (Feb/2017); VIDA S1 was featured in ICG Magazine (10/18).
Variety (Aug 2016) mentioned Carmen Cabana in the Below the Line report Up Next as one of the most promising filmmakers.
Her directorial experience begins with independent pilot: NYX starring Nina Bergman and Ron Perlman (2020).
Bilingual, quickly to adapt and collaborate with locals, Carmen has filmed features in 15 US states and in Mexico, Cuba and Colombia.
She teaches cinematography workshops around the world as well as empowerment talks. Her past appearances include: UCLA’s: Available Lighting class; HBO Access; NAMIC's "Latino Creatives in Entertainment"; HRTS Women of the West "Diversity on Television Panel", Erman Baradi’s Industry Panel; "Seen and Heard": Women Empowerment Panel-DTLA Film Festival; STAGE 32 "Women in Entertainment Panel"; Arri and Film Independent Project Involve Cinematography workshop; The 8th and 9th Annual Masters in Motion Film Conference (Austin-Texas); Rule the Set "Cinematography for episodic TV" (Atlanta-GA); ENFOCUS Cinematography workshop (Costa Rica) , LITEPANEL’s workshop(Vegas); LITEPANEL and ADORAMA “Gemini” workshop” (NY)
Carmen is a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow (2010), A Sundance Director's Lab Crew Participant (2008) and a member of the Friends of the ASC.
Proficient colorist in Davinci Resolve