Faculty / School of Media : Culture : Design

Elizabeth Yarwood

Assistant Professor, Filmmaking

Elizabeth Yarwood is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer, writer, and director. She is an Assistant Professor of Filmmaking in the School of Media : Culture : Design. Elizabeth holds an MFA in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her cinematography work spans both narrative and documentary, and has been seen at film festivals including SxSWCinequestDances with Films, Full Frame, and HollyShorts. She has served as cinematographer on award-winning projects such as the feature documentary Pioneers in Skirts by director Ashley Maria, which explores gender inequality in the workplace, and the comedic short film Labor Relations, by writer/director Karisa Bruin, which examines work/life balance for mothers. She has worked as a camera operator or camera assistant on a wide variety of TV shows on network and cable television such as Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS. Elizabeth is currently in pre-production for the narrative feature film Lady Parts, by directors Liz Manashil and Sean Wright, about a woman who must grapple with difficult decisions surrounding preventative care for the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene.  

Elizabeth has developed her own original digital content as well. She is the creator of comedic web series LA Pickerwhich is about feuding thrifters and resellers, and is distributed on Seed&Spark’s streaming service. She also directs for Wisecrack, a popular YouTube channel with several million subscribers, that produces videos about TV shows and movies through the lens of philosophy. She is a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC) and Women in Film. 


BA, Bard College
MFA, USC School of Cinematic Arts

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