CHARLES E. SWANSON (Director of Photography) has served as cinematographer on the feature films All the Best: Billy Sears, From Barbados With Love, Girl’s Best Friend, Contradictions of the Heart, This is Not a Test and Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, which screened at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), as well as at the Mill Valley, New Orleans (NOLA), Denver, Hamptons and the Atlanta film festivals. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts also earned the 2011 Sloan Award for most creative portrayal of technology in a film and debuted in theaters nationwide in May of 2012.
Swanson also photographed the award-winning short films Rain (aired on Showtime Network), I’d Rather Be Dancing, Distant Dragons and Tia and Marco, the latter of which was screened at the 2010 South-by-Southwest Film Festival (SxSW). Other recent shorts include Montgomery and Nativity for Soldier produced by Rob Fried (Collateral) and SpiritClips.com. The music video Jaguar, which he photographed for Techno artist DJ Rolando, received wide play on MTV Europe. His work also aired nationally on both The Finer Living Channel’s show I-Design and the commercial spot Diabetes: Living Without Limits.
Swanson earned an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He currently holds an Associate Professorship at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, where he serves as Chair of the Production Department. In his spare time he enjoys dreaming of a successful return to the Salsero life, playing one of the seven songs he has learned to play on the guitar and attaining the goal of eating at every “B” rated restaurant in Los Angeles County.