Boaz Freund is a Director of Photography based in New York City. A versatile visual storyteller, Freund’s work has imbued short films, documentary feature films, commercials, and video art. With rich narrative attention, character, style and emotion. Born and raised in Israel, Freund found a home in NYC at 22 years old, soaking endless inspiration from the Mise-en-scène the big apple offers, and thriving off the do or die energy still at 40.

Recognized by The ASC publication American Cinematographer as a Rising Start of Cinematography Freund was highlighted with 9 other Rising Stars in the Magazine’s 2019 list. (see press page)

Freund’s work is noted for beauty without contrivance – an appreciation for natural light and capturing the essence of his subjects. His contributions to films such as Gored (Tribeca) with Director Ido Mizrahi and Son of The Congo (SXSW) with Director Adam Hootnick allowed him to showcase his ability to turn the mundane every day life moments into haunting and visually captivating films. Freund’s other work with Hootnick includes ESPN: 30 For 30, titled “What Carter Lost” a visceral depiction of Texas high school football, combining 16mm film to evoke a Dallas past, and Digital photography for the present day. Freund photographed “Generation Startup” with Directors Cynthia Wade and Cheryl Miller Houser, He would then contribute to Wade’s latest feature doc ‘GRIT’(Premiered at HotDocs 2018) with Co director Sasha Freelander on location in Indonesia.

Video Art projects filmed by Freund have appeared in museums all around the world, from the Russian Momar to the MoMa museum in New York. He contributed for Chris Cunningham’s video “New York is Killing Me” a 3 channel video featuring Gil Scott-Herron, just months before his death. Tom Pnini’s “Paperweight” filmed in a single-shot/one-take process inside one of the largest recycling facilities in Brooklyn. The fixed frame no–movement shot emphasizes the film’s relationship to theater and the “frame story”—that of the older artist winding down his career—extends into the play within a play.

Boaz lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. He draws inspiration from his love for his family, from playing the guitar and from traveling the world, telling stories with light and meeting people from all walks of life.