How Oscar Nominee Ava DuVernay Chose Her "13th" Cinematographer

November 28, 2017
Updated 2mo ago

Hans Charles is an Emmy-nominated cinematographer and producer best known for his work in the award-winning Netflix documentary "13th," directed by Ava DuVernay.

Hans sat down in Los Angeles with Alyssa Julya Smith to talk about his work, and how he uses it to highlight stories of underrepresented people.

Hans is currently in post-production on his next film, which he shot and produced, called "1 Angry Black Man." It's an intense collegiate dramedy that's a mix of "12 Angry Men" and "Dear White People." Filmed entirely in New York this summer, the movie will be making its debut at festivals early next year.

Hans has devoted his career to working on films that tell the stories of the diverse and underrepresented. He is also a professor at George Mason University, and has dedicated his career to teaching the next generation of filmmakers.