Media Communication Department Partners with Canon to Host Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer – Asbury University
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Media Communication Department Partners with Canon to Host Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer

October 10, 2023

In collaboration with Canon, the Asbury University School of Communication Arts will host cinematographer Claudia Raschke for a two-day workshop on Oct. 18-19. Events open to the public include a showing of “RBG” and a Q&A session (Oct. 18: 6-8 p.m. in the Miller Screening Room).

“Because of our industry partners like Canon, our students get opportunities to learn from and work beside incredible people, like Claudia,” said Associate Professor of Media, Journalism, & Digital Storytelling Sarah Hogencamp. “Not every school has these opportunities.”

Among her many notable award-winning films are Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning “RBG,” Oscar short-listed “Julia,” Critics Choice nominated “FAUCI,” Oscar short-listed and Emmy-winning “Boys State,” Oscar-nominated “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” and Oscar short-listed “Mad Hot Ballroom.”

“Capturing the big and the small moments of the amazing world we live in feeds my passion for the art of cinematography,” Raschke said. “Equally important is that I bear witness to and document the unique stories that unfold before my eyes in a way that dismantles barriers, opens doors, and reveals truth.”

Additional events with Raschke for Asbury students include lighting and cinema verité workshops, in which students will have access to top-of-the-line Canon gear.

“I’m always surprised that a small school like Asbury can pull in some big names in the media world to teach us and give us hands-on experience,” said Media Communication major Brendan Tighe ’24.

Throughout Raschke’s childhood in Germany, the chain of movie theaters owned by her mother brought her into the world of film. After college, she studied cinematography while working with some of the most prominent and accomplished international filmmakers.

Raschke currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of the NYC Kamera Kollektiv, a boutique agency for documentary cinematographers and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Currently, Raschke is in production of a six-part documentary series about Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt’s relationship during the four-term run as a political couple and Eleanor’s work at the United Nation after FDR’s death. The release of the series is slated for Spring of 2024. Learn more:

“I believe that filming intuitively, honestly and without inhibition is a journey that requires a compassionate heart and the ability to see and hear what lies beneath the surface,” Raschke said.

The Asbury University Media, Journalism, and Digital Storytelling department offers majors in Media Communication and Multimedia Journalism. Online majors include Digital Content Creation and Instructional Design & Media. Graduate programs include the M.A. in Digital Storytelling; the M.A. in Instructional Design, Innovation & Leadership; the MFA in Film & Television Production, and the MFA in Screenwriting. Learn more: