Hunter Robert Baker is a New York City and Los Angeles based Emmy Award winning feature film, television, and commercial Director of Photography. His work has also been nominated for 2 Emmy Awards. Hunter Robert Baker is the recipient of the 2018 ICG: International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Award. Hunter is an alumni of NYU, where he studied cinematography and anthropology balancing his time in special programs in Cuba and South Africa. Baker's projects have been the recipient of support from organizations such as the Alfred P Sloan Foundation, the International Documentary Association and recently the Points North Fellowship for co-directing the multi-award winning feature documentary The Blessing. He was invited to speak at the Impact Haus during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; the topic was “Empathy in Telling Insider Stories.” Independent Magazine named him a “Filmmaker to Watch”. Hunter has lectured at New York University, Harvard University, and most recently the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein made their feature directorial debut at Full Frame Film Festival in 2018 with The Blessing. A feature length documentary set over the course of 5 years on the Navajo Nation.
At 18 Baker started working for HBO on various series including 24/7 following the lives of world class boxers including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. Bridging the gap from documentary to narrative cinematographer Hunter's long interest in fiction based work drew him to collaborate on dozens of short films. In 2012 Hunter worked as camera operator on the feature film At Any Price (Dir. Ramin Bahrani) for DP Michael Simmonds (Goodbye Solo, The Lunchbox) He also worked as 2nd Unit DP on Adult World (Dir. Scott Coffey) for DP James Laxton (California Solo, Moonlight). He has also collaborated with Dir. Ramin Bahrani on a music video series for Icelandic band, Sigur Ros.
In 2012 Hunter was the recipient of the ARRI Volker Bahnemann Cinematography Award. In 2013 he shot and produced Without Fire, Alfred P Sloan Science Grant Recipient (Dir. Eliza McNitt) starring Magdalena Begay and Misty Upham (Frozen River) which won Best Dramatic Film at the Arizona International Film Festival. In 2013 Hunter also founded New York City Camera Company, a NYC based motion picture and tv film equipment rental company. He has a large collection of vintage lenses which he uses for his work in combination with Panavision lenses.
In 2014 Hunter collaborated with Dir. Boyd Holbrook on Peacock Killer starring Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire, Silver Linings Playbook) and Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards, Homeland).
In 2015 Hunter shot and executive produced the feature film Miles, (Dir. Nathan Adloff) starring Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Missi Pyle, and Tim Boardman which was distributed by Netflix. In 2016 he won 3 Cannes Lions Awards, 1 Clio Award, 1 One Merit Award and received his second Emmy Nomination.
In 2018 Hunter Robert Baker shot and co-executive produced, Dir. Marshall Burnette’s “Silo” Starring Jim Parrack, Jeremy Holm, Chris Ellis, Jill Paice and Jack DiFalco.
Hunter continues to shoot features, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Hunter Robert Baker is an IATSE Local 600 freelancing Director of Photography in the NY / LA metro area and abroad.
The Blessing wins the Big Sky Award at Big Sky Film Festival
The Blessing debuts at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Hunter lectures at Harvard University to the VES PhD and Graduate Students on non fiction storytelling and the topic; “Through the Lens of Perspective Storytelling”
Filmmaker Magazine features The Blessing “An Emotional Powder Keg” "The film’s a nearly Shakespearean drama, one in which a deeply religious father is forced to choose between sacrilege (taking part in the destruction of his sacred tribal mountain) and feeding his kid" - Filmmaker Magazine
Wandering DP Podcast sits down for a conversation on balance and being human with Hunter Robert Baker
Hunter Robert Baker shoots and co-executive produces, Dir. Marshall Burnette’s feature film “UNTITLED FARM RESCUE FILM” Starring Jim Parrack, Jeremy Holm, Chris Ellis, Jill Paice and Jack DiFalco.
Hollywood Reporter features Hunter Robert Baker his ICG: International Cinematographers Guild ECA Award
Hunter Robert Baker wins the 2018 ICG: International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Award
The Blessing will be in competition at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s 10th year anniversary and is in the First 10 Feature Film Selection amongst films such as Palme D'Or Shoplifters, On Her Shoulders, The Silence Of Others and more.
The Blessing wins Grand Jury Prize at Dallas International Film Festival
The Blessing wins Best Feature Documentary at Arizona International Film Festival
The Blessing wins Best of Fest at MSP Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
World Premiere of The Blessing at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ADWEEK: Ad of the Day feature | HP - Little Moments shot by Hunter Robert Baker
Hunter Robert Baker is featured in Modern Cinematographer podcast series
Miles, wins the Best Narrative Feature Audience Award at Outfest presented by HBO
Hunter and Jordan Fein win 3 Cannes Lions Awards, one Clio Award, and One Merit Award at the 2016 Cannes Lions Festival for their Volvo, Highway Robbery commercial
Adweek features Superbowl 50 Grammys Mashup Spot as Adweek Ad of The Day shot by Hunter Baker for PrettyBird US
Hunter shoots feature film Miles, Dir. Nathan Adloff Starring Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Missi Pyle, and Tim Boardman
New York Times spotlights Boots and the upcoming film, Motorcycle Jesus shot by Hunter Baker
Nowness.com premieres the trailer and article for Motorcycle Jesus shot by Hunter Baker.
Deadline Hollywood discusses Peacock Killer and MadBrook Films, formation by Madeleine Sackler and Boyd Holbrook
Atlanta International Film Festival, Without Fire - Dir. Eliza Mcnitt - Best Dramatic Short Film
Fusion Film Festival, Without Fire - Dir. Eliza Mcnitt - Best Picture, Best Cinematography
Hunter Baker shoots, Peacock Killer directed by Boyd Holbrook starring Shea Whigham and Elizabeth Marvel
Without Fire - Dir. Eliza Mcnitt (Sun Valley Film Festival - Official Selection) (Atlanta Film Festival - Official Selection) (Santa Fe Film Festival - Official Selection) (Fusion Film Festival - Official Selection) (Arizona International Film Festival - Official Selection)
Hunter Baker shoots, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros' new music video series, "Life is Hard" Dir. Alex Ebert
Hunter Baker shoots, Without Fire, Dir. Eliza Mcnitt, Recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Production Grant Award. Shot on Location on the Navajo Reservation in Pinon, Arizona. Starring Misty Upham (Frozen River 2008 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner).
The London International Film Festival of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film 2013 (Official Selection) The Giraffe Who Knew Too Much - Dir. Eric Tosstorff
Hunter Baker shoots, Eg Anda music video, Dir. Ramin Bahrani, for Icelandic band Sigur Ros. Tribeca Film Institute writes, "Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) has made a video around the band's song "Ég anda. Shot beautifully by Hunter Baker, the video examines how the evolving industrialization of the country is affecting our wildlife. The video is dedicated to Jenni Jenkins, who co-authored the story behind Bahrani's 2009 short film Plastic Bag and tragically died last year."
CMF International, Violet, Dir. Eliza McNitt – Best Drama and Best Cinematography Award presented by Wally Pfister, ASC.
Recipient of the ARRI Volker Bahnemann Cinematography Award presented by ARRI Founder, Volker Bahnemann .
CMF, Violet, Dir. Eliza Mcnitt – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography.
Emmy Award Winner (HBO 24/7 Penguins vs. Capitols Road to the NHL Winter Classic).