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The International Cinematographers Guild to Honor Emmy® Nominated Cinematographer Patti Lee, ASC with the ASC Mentor Award

September 14, 2022

The 24TH Annual ECA Awards to Showcase Ten Honorees Oct. 2
The 24TH Annual ECA Awards to Showcase Ten Honorees Oct. 2

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2022 - The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) will honor Emmy® nominated cinematographer Patti Lee, ASC ("Bob Hearts Abishola," "Superior Donuts," "Call Me Kat") with the ASC Mentor Award at the 2022 Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA), spotlighting promising cinematographers and providing crucial exposure needed to succeed in the motion picture industry. The honor and a showcase of the 10 final selected short films will be presented at the ECA event on October 2, 2022, at the Wolf Theatre in the Television Academy's Saban Media Center, followed by a cocktail reception.

Patti Lee received her bachelor's degree from UCLA film school, and began her career lighting feature films, commercials, music videos, and television shows, working first as a set lighting technician and then becoming a gaffer. All during that time, she continued to sharpen her skills as a cinematographer on independent projects, including the Independent Spirit Award nominee, "Bunny." Patti got her first big break as Director of Photography on "The Bernie Mac Show." Since then, she has been busy shooting both single and multi-camera television and has received Emmy® nominations for her work on "Bob Hearts Abishola," "Call Me Kat," and "Superior Donuts."

In addition to her work as a Director of Photography, Patti Lee produced the Emmy® nominated feature documentary, "A Small Act," which premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO. The film was named by Roger Ebert as one of "The Best Documentaries of 2010."

The winning filmmakers, who have been selected from 108 submissions nationwide, are: Andrew Aiello, Green Cobra, Austin Scott Ahlborg, Lotus, Jac Cheairs, KENOBI: A Star Wars Fan Film, Morgan Gardiner, Molly Robber, Gregor Tavenner, Pleasant Canyon, Jason Chau, Sting, Michael Tedford, The Elder Scrolls Legends, Leonard P. Walsh, Kingsnake, Eric M. Hurt, Singularity, Allie Schultz, Your Monster.

ICG's Emerging Cinematographer Awards gives Local 600 members an opportunity to present themselves as directors of photography by submitting a short film with a running time of 30 minutes or less for consideration. The awards are open to any member of the Guild who is not already classified as a director of photography. The films are selected by a panel of ICG members from across the country.

For more information about the ECAs go to or contact MaryAnne MacDougall at

The ICG's Emerging Cinematographer Awards are sponsored by Premier: Panavision (Family of Companies); Platinum: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment; Gold: The Studio- B&H, TRP Worldwide, ZEISS Cinematography;Silver: Picture Shop, Band Pro, Aputure, The Tiffen Company, Sigma Corporation, Quasar Science; Bronze: ARRI, Fujifilm, JL Fisher, Inc., Rosco, AbelCine, Kino Flo, Matthews Studio Equipment; Media Partners: American Society of Cinematographers, Cine Gear Expo, Deluxe, DF Studio, Fourth Dimension Events, ICG Magazine, Mill Valley Film Festival, NAB, Production Hub, Screen International, SHOOT, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Variety.


The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents approximately 9,000 members who work in film, television, streaming and commercials as directors of photography, camera operators, digital imaging technicians, visual effects supervisors, still photographers, camera assistants, film loaders, broadcasters and all members of camera crews and publicists. The first cinematographers' union was established in New York in 1926, followed by unions in Los Angeles and Chicago, but it wasn't until 1996 that Local 600 was born as a national guild. In addition to its work organizing, bargaining and enforcing contracts, advocating for legislation that serves working families, training and mentorship, ICG's ongoing events include the Emerging Cinematographer Awards and the Publicists Awards Luncheon. The Guild also publishes the award-winning ICG Magazine.

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