Chad Gardella + Director + Cinematographer

The Team

CJ graduated from SVA in 2005 with a BFA in film directing. He worked as a producer assistant at Robert Altman’s Sandcastle 5 Productions and later as an assistant to director Noah Baumbach. He made his first feature, SHUNKA (2011) which won the Kodak Vision Award for cinematography as well as the Spirit of Slamdance Sparky audience award. A film that Robert Koehler of Variety in his review called, “Mesmerizing! Visually and aurally stunning…the final impact is of a Whitmanesque poem put onscreen.” Chosen by the Baltimore City Paper as a critic’s pick calling it, “a lush paean to life’s mysteries…will leave you with an open-ended appreciation of life’s tiny wonders, but no conclusions. Lovely.”