I am a cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada.
Recent feature films include THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES, directed by Brett Story (winner of the Hot Docs Special Jury Prize, Best Canadian Feature at DOXA, New York Times Critics' Pick) and MICHAEL SHANNON MICHAEL SHANNON JOHN by longtime collaborator, director Chelsea McMullan (VIFF '15, True/False, RIDM '16). Premiering at TIFF '16 is the dramatic feature film BELOW HER MOUTH, directed by April Mullen and produced by Melissa Coghlan at Serendipity Point Films, and starting its festival run in November is Joyce Wong's debut feature film WEXFORD PLAZA, premiering at the Torino Film Festival and having its North American premiere at Slamdance.
Other films include THE RAINBOW KID
(TIFF '15), WORLD FAMOUS GOPHER HOLE MUSEUM
(TIFF '15) and MY PRAIRIE HOME
(Sundance '14, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award, Canadian Screen Award Nominee), TRU LOVE
(Inside Out Audience Award, 13 additional international awards, Canadian Screen Award Nominee) and SLIP
, which was awarded the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography at the Canadian Film Centre's WSFF along with Best Experimental Film, and which was recently reissued by NOWNESS as part of the Director's Cut collection.
I am an Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 667.
Please contact Carl Liberman at The Characters Agency for booking inquiries.
SEE CV HERE.
"Neither lecture nor argument, 'Prison', artfully photographed by Maya Bankovic, attempts to make the invisible visible." - Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES
"THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES has a consistent formal beauty that sets it apart… With only seven-and-a-half minutes, on average, to make an impression, Story and her d.p., Maya Bankovic, make concise statements through carefully composed and often dreamily stylized images." - Scott Tobias, VARIETY
"…it’s an artfully made work, lyrically filmed (by Maya Bankovic) and scored (Olivier Alary), with Simon Gervais’ ambient sound design as crucial an element as Avril Jacobson’s elegant editing." - Sheri Linden, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"‘12 Essential Women Cinematographers’ Gathers Some of Film’s Most Brilliant Minds " - Kate Erbland, INDIEWIRE
"Maya Bankovic chases gold in THE RAINBOW KID" - featured interview by Fanen Chiahemen, February 2016 CSC MAGAZINE
"The Next Generation of Canadian Cinematographers" - by Chandler Levack, TIFF
"How the Women Behind BELOW HER MOUTH Made Intimacy Tangible" by April Mullen, MOVIEMAKER
"Maya Bankovic revisits MY PRAIRIE HOME" - featured interview by Fanen Chiahemen, April 2014 CSC MAGAZINE
"Beautifully shot, this documentary-meets-musical-meets-road-movie is a sad, hopeful, gorgeous work of poetry" - Marsha Lederman reviews My Prairie Home, GLOBE & MAIL
"... A perfect visual counterpart to Spoon's music - filled with placid, contemplative stretches interrupted by sudden, striking explosions of color and drama" - Andrew Barker, VARIETY
"Captivates the eye and ear" - Stephen Farber, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Like its subject matter, Sundance Film Festival favorite MY PRAIRIE HOME defies lables. It is beautiful and deeply personal cinematic poetry." - Charles Purdy, LA TIMES
"...a fantastically original blend of musical sequences, on-the-road footage, first-person interview and stunning cinematography" - Carla Gillis, NOW MAGAZINE cover story September 2013
PASTE MAGAZINE premieres Biblical's All Justice, No Peace, by Dacey Orr
EXCLAIM.CA premieres Dan Griffin's Bordertown, by Alex Hudson