Ian Kerr

Local cinematographer nominated for Emmy award

Campbell River native and cinematographer Ian Kerr was nominated for “Outstanding Cinematography- News Coverage/ Documentaries” at the 32nd annual EmmyAwards for News and Documentaries Tuesday.

Campbell River native and cinematographer Ian Kerr was nominated for “Outstanding Cinematography- News Coverage/ Documentaries” at the 32nd annual EmmyAwards for News and Documentaries Tuesday.

B.C. born and raised, the now Vancouver-based Kerr began working in television at age 16 at CRTV. He graduated from BCIT in 1993 and began working as a news cameraman at a Vancouver news station before making the transition to documentary and commercial projects.

Kerr’s work was recognized for the film “Lost Mummies of New Guinea” a National Geographic Explorer documentary shot in March 2010. The film follows an expedition of three Westerners into the land of the Anga people – possibly the last culture with living memory of human mummification and where some plan to revive the tradition.

Challenges during the shoot were immense both physically and politically. The crew was wrongly accused by locals of firing arrows from a helicopter at a sacred mountain. A sequence with a pig turned disputatious when the Anga asserted that while the crew had bought the pig, they had not paid for the right to film the pig. Filming was based in a town that had electricity only three days a year. Roads were appalling and they spent as much time pushing their vehicles as driving. The weather was hot and humid with regular downpours of apocalyptic proportions. The most valuable item in the camera kit was the hair dryer, which Kerr used most mornings to defog his lenses. Despite those challenges, the film tells a story of a culture which has been all but forgotten and sheds light on the ancient practice of mummification. Ian’s films have taken him from the Ecuadorian Amazon,to the ice floes of Canada’s Arctic, to the thin air of the Argentinean Andes at 21,000 feet and beyond. Ian is also an Adjunct Professor in the Cinematography Department of the University of British Columbia and Sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University and has won a number of awards and nominations including a Gemini award in 2010.

Just Posted

Campbell River thrift store robbed at knifepoint, say RCMP

Suspect fled on bicycle following Tuesday stick-up

UPDATE: Campbell River RCMP arrest second person in arson investigation

Police say suspects identified, house fire on Henderson Avenue ‘not random’

Shrapnel narrowly missed firefighters in ‘suspicious’ Campbell River house fire

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

RCMP stepping up summer patrols in Campbell River and area lakes

Traffic patrols increasing after 32 alcohol-related incidents during 2018 Canada Day weekend

UPDATE: Fire in abandoned Campbell River house deemed suspicious

Reports of homeless people using vacant home at 666 8th Ave.

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

B.C. Ferries vessel breaks down right before long weekend

Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route impacted most, revised schedule adds 4 a.m. sailings

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

Nanaimo man gets jail time for posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriends

Man’s name cannot be revealed to protect victims’ identities

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

Most Read