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ABOUT

Born and raised in the woods outside of Portland, OR, Sarah Wells is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco and Portland. Between documentary projects, she can be found in the camera department enjoying her time as a cinematographer, camera assistant, and camera operator.

CONTACT

sarah.wells.vid@gmail.comCV can be found here.

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FESTIVALS & AWARDS

“My Dad Gets a Smartphone”

2023 Cinalfama Lisbon Screening and Awards - Lisbon, PT

2022 Programmer's Choice/Filmmaker to Watch Eastern Oregon Film Festival

2022 Best Micro Doc Oregon Short Film Festival - Portland, OR 

2022 Best Documentary SF City Shorts Film Festival - San Francisco, CA 

2022 Finalist Oregon Documentary Film Festival - Portland, OR

2022 Official Selection Montreal Independent Film Festival - Montreal, CAN 

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DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

2022 "Hat Matter" dir Latajh Weaver

2022 SAP DataBrix for Mopix Creative - corporate

2022 Mipso @Tiny Telephone Recording Studios - short musical doc

2022 PACKARD FOUNDATION for BAYCAT - corporate

2022 CHANGE.ORG - short doc

2022 AMIGOS for BAYCAT - nonprofit doc

2022 IZZY for BAYCAT - nonprofit doc

2022 Brainchild Production - campaign ad

2022 Space Banquet - music video

2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC - MXMTOON - branded doc

2021 ALFA SHOES Dir Catherine Cavanaugh - branded doc

2021 “PARAMITA” Dir Kirthi Nath - short doc 

2021 “SOONER THAN YOU LEARN” Dir Luciano Sprovieri - music video

2021 CHASE BANK: JOE SASTO for 16over90 Production - corporate

2021 SARAH IANNARONE - Dir Lincoln Michael - campaign ad 

2021 “GRAVITY POP UP: TYLER HOLMES” - performance documentation

2021 “SF IS A UNIONTOWN” - short doc

2020 “MY NAME IS LAI” Dir Lucy Saephan - short doc 

2020 “GEN Z & ELECTIONS” VICE News - short doc 

2020 “DONOR SIBLINGS” VICE News - short doc 

2020 “FASHION ACTIVIST” VICE News - short doc 

2020 “BRUCE FRANKS JR” for AJ+ - short doc

2020 NOW THIS - branded doc

2020 TALL WOOD INSTITUTE for Oregon State University - commercial 

2020 THE MOMENTARY Dir Erika Chong Shuch - creative performance documentation

2020 “WE BELONG TO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” for Sephora - branded doc

2019 “WE BELONG TO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL” for Sephora - branded doc

2019 “SEPHORA COLLECTION” for Sephora - commercial

2019 “INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY” for Sephora - commercial 

2019 “20 YEARS OF BEAUTY” for Sephora - commercial 

2019 QUEERLING PITCH Dir Latajh Weaver - narrative pilot pitch 

2019 “FIRST THINGS FIRST” DIR ERIKA CHONG SHUCH

2019 “FOR YOU” Dir Erika Chong Shuch - creative performance documentation

2019 “THEATERTHEATER!” Dir Erika Chong Shuch - creative performance documentation

2018 “BEHIND THE STRIPES WITH BRYCE RIDER” for Sephora - branded doc

2018 “ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH” - short doc

2017 “LADIES OF NORGE VILLAGE” Dir James Lee - short doc

CAM OP

2022 Michael Mina Restaurant Group for Mopix Creative - commercial

2022 Cota Capital for Mopix Creative - commercial

2022 Golden State Warriors for BAYCAT - commercial

2022 New Relic Productions - commercial

2022 The Kitchen SF for Jacob Blumberg - performance documentation

2022 Backyard Bluegrass for Jacob Blumberg - performance documentation

2021 Counterpulse for Chani Bockwinkel - performance documentation

2021 The Innocence Project for Mopix Creative - commercial

2021 UC Berkeley Endowment - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2021 “This Ain’t Portlandia” - DP Lincoln Michael - documentary feature 

2021 Autodesk - for SlowClap Production - commercial

2021 “CoolRun” - for A Typical Day Production - commercial

2021 Innersense Beauty - DP Tyler Wilson - commercial

2020 The Warriors Women’s Empowerment for BAYCAT - commercial 

2019 Clean Beauty for Sephora - commercial

2019 Blue Shield for SlowClap Production - commercial

2019 Press Release for SlowClap Production - commercial

2018 Behind the Stripes with Gloria for Sephora - commercial

2018 Behind the Stripes with Amy for Sephora - commercial 

 

1st ASSISTANT CAMERA

2022 AMAZON MUSIC - LOS TIGRES - DP Andy Hoffman - commercial

2022 NATURE VALLEY - DP Cole Graham - commercial 

2022 HEINZ - DP Ken Brown - commercial

2022 GOOGLE - DP Andy Hoffman - commercial

2022 APPLE - DP Andy Hoffman - commercial

2022 L’Oreal & Chef Crenn - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 NewDay USA - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 PLANNED PARENTHOOD - DP Andrés Gallegos - branded doc

2022 INSTACART - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 TEE PUBLIC - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 SUNBASKET - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 WING - DP Brett Simms - commercial

2022 PAGER for Emotion Studios - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 Restoration Hardware - DP Ken Brown - commercial

2022 “COMPANION” - DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short 

2022 WHOLE FOODS - DP Ken Brown - commercial

2022 “PROJECTIONS” - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2022 Drum Theory - DP Andy Hoffman - commercial

2022 “Armatura” for Drum and Lace - DP Andy Hoffman - music video

2022 Naytronix - DP Sarah Jaffe - music video 

2022 “Morning After” - DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2022 Ghost Story x Verkada - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2021 SALESFORCE - DP Peggy Peralta - commercial

2021 WISH - DP Andy Hoffman - commercial

2021 “Kaneko’s Owl” - DP Andrés Gallegos - narrative feature 

2021 ROBINHOOD - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial 

2021 Rubicon Bakery - DP Matt Beardsley - nonprofit 

2021 Near Future - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2021 JOHN DEERE TRACTORS - DP Matt Beardsley - commercial 

2021 South Bay Architecture - DP Caleb Heller - branded doc

2021 SHAPERMINT - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2021 Fords Martini Life - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial 

2021 Nowness - DP Sarah Jaffe - dance video

2021 “Train Tracks” - DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2021 “Kiana” DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2020 “Stay in My Lane” S.I.A.T. - DP Sarah Jaffe - music video 

2020 “Aubergine” DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2020 “I JUST WANNA DANCE”  - DP Sarah Jaffe - dance video

2020 Stronger California - DP Elysia Liaw - campaign ad

2019 “The Child” - DP Favienne Howsepiene - narrative short

2019 “Book Clubbing”-  DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2019 “Your Band” King Willow - DP Sarah Jaffe - music video 

2019 “Oleanders” - DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2019 “Appetite” - DP Sarah Jaffe - narrative short

2019 Nike Spec - DP Sarah Jaffe - commercial

2018 “Cycles” - DP Sarah Jaffe - web series

2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA

2022 ADIDAS Adi Club - DP Micheal Enos - commercial

EDUCATION

2022-present KINO DOC - Lisbon, Portugal

2022 Berkeley Advanced Media Institute - visual storytelling course 

2022 City College of San Francisco, focus in documentary

2021 NW Documentary Center - finding story course - Portland, OR

2017-2018 Berkeley City College, Multimedia Arts, focus in video production

2007-2011 University of San Francisco, BA in Design, minor in Islamic Studies 

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