Leigh Lisbão Underwood is an award-winning director of photography and camera operator with Brazilian and American roots. His work has been seen at festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, and Palm Springs. His recent credits include the independent feature film 1915, which saw theatrical release in the US, Russia, and around the world. He was the recipient of the award for best cinematography at the Palm Springs International ShortFest in 2013, for his work on the The Boy Scout. He works as a cinematographer on independent feature films and commercials, operating his own camera, and as a camera operator on larger fiction projects.
A graduate of UCLA's prestigious MFA Program in Cinematography, a program that accepts only three students per year, he studied under seasoned cinematographers including John Simmons ASC, John Bailey ASC, Richard Crudo ASC, and Vilmos Zsigmond ASC. He has since begun teaching cinematography himself, also at UCLA, when his shooting schedule allows.
Leigh grew up in a New Jersey suburb of New York City, traveling frequently to São Paulo. He has worked internationally in South Africa, Mexico, and throughout Europe, and holds dual citizenship in the US and Brazil, as well as a working visa in Germany. His travels have driven his passion for telling socially aware, human stories through a deeply personal cinematic eye.
Leigh is based in Los Angeles and Berlin, and splits his time between narrative projects and commercials.