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Larry Smith and João Ribeiro confirmed at FEST - Training Ground

Our two most recent additions to the Training Ground speakers panel share one thing: both have been working as DOP’s with a interesting directors and have been in the industry for a while.

Larry Smith first entered the movie business aged 20, at Shepperton studios outside London, circa 1969. He realised early on that studio life was not for him, the pace and amount of people working in a major studio felt like a factory, so Larry moved to freelance.

Around the 1970's he was fortunate to meet Stanley Kubrick when asked to work on “Barry Lyndon” (1975), this started a long collaboration with Kubrick that was to last over a quarter of a century, until his last movie “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999). 

Since then, Larry has made many varied and interesting films, including a movie that he directed himself,“Trafficker” (2015), and has had some collaborations in TV series.

João Ribeiro career includes more than 40 titles, among documentaries and fiction films. João worked in“Transe” (2006), a Teresa Villaverde’s movie, for which he received several photography awards, including the Lecce Film Fest for Best European Film Photography. He also collaborates regularly with João Botelho, with whom he made “A Corte do Norte” (2008), film for which he received the special jury prize of the Rome Festival for Treatment of the Cinematographic Space.

In 2016, he shoot “Cartas da Guerra”, by Ivo Ferreira, presented at the Berlinale’s official competition. Most recently, in 2018, Ribeiro was part of “A Árvore”, which premiered last April, and “Snu”, to premiere next September.

Besides the work as a cinematographer, João Ribeiro also teaches image at the ZeLIG, School for Documentary, Television and New Media in Bolzano, Italy and collaborates in the Doc Nomads course at Lusófona University.

Both of them will be in Espinho in June for FEST - Training Ground to present a Masterclass.

To discover everything FEST - Training Ground has to offer, we suggest you keep track of how the experts panel is developing here and take a peek in the About page in our website for a more in-depth view.

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