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Singled out for her expressive and stylized work, Cybel Martin is the first and only African American woman to receive an MFA in Cinematography from New York University. Perhaps because she was named after 1962 Oscar winning film, “Sundays and Cybele”, this native New Yorker has set her sights on her own golden statue. She served as the Cinematographer for Dee Rees’ “Orange Bow” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and for “Sangam” which was recognized for its deeply moody and textured palette and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her feature work has included “Flora’s Garment Bursting into Bloom”, winner of the Showtime “No Limits” Award at the New Festival, additional photography for the Slamdance Grand Jury Winner “On The Outs” and the edgy criminal dramas “Dregs of Society” and “No Problem.” She has also been fortunate to team up with notable performance artists, most recently shooting “Forget Me Not” for artist Zach Fabri, commissioned by the Studio Museum of Harlem. She received considerable recognition for her work on “The Gilded Six Bits”. This 1920′s period piece set in the rural south and based on a Zora Neale Hurston story, won the Hollywood Black Film Festival Jury Award and special screenings at The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian and Museum of Natural History. The film featured Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, “Treme”) and Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead”). Cybel has contributed to numerous documentaries, notably Lucy Walker’s “The Crash Reel”, “Inside: The New Black Panther Party” for National Geographic, ”11 Days” directed by Dan Metcalf and produced by Mark Burnett and the Tribeca Film Festival “All Access Award” winner, “Dressed Like Kings”. Her commercial clients include L’Oreal, Hewlett Packard, Timberland, Calvin Klein, Nike, Sony Music and PBS. Inspired to share her knowledge and career experiences, Cybel has participated in several film panels and lecture series. Her favorites include guest lecturer at the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University and Cinematography instructor for the Film Academy in Nigeria. Cybel has been featured in American Cinematographer Magazine, Fader Magazine and writes about cinematography for Indiewire.com.