My name is Clare Major, and I'm a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer who specializes in handheld observational camerawork, beautifully lit interviews, and scene coverage that your editor will love. I'm passionate about stories that illuminate the intersection of cultures and the lives of women and girls.
Having worked as an editor, I instinctively shoot for the edit. I've filmed on four continents, shooting from donkey carts, tuk-tuks and a zeppelin. My work has played at festivals around the world and appeared on HBO, PBS, the Discovery Channel, Netflix and the New York Times, among many others. My recent feature documentary work includes roles as Cinematographer on THE ANTS & THE GRASSHOPPER (Mountainfilm / Sheffield DocFest 2021), which follows a Malawian farmer activist who travels around the US to convince Americans that climate change is real; Cinematographer on Emmy-winning BELLY OF THE BEAST (Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020; Peabody Award Nominee 2021), which exposes a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California women's prisons; Vérité Cinematographer on AHEAD OF THE CURVE (Frameline 2020), which tells the story of Curve Magazine and its founder's push for lesbian visibility; and Director of Photography for WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS (SXSW 2019), which follows a group of young girls of color on the front lines of social justice in Oakland, California.
In 2020 I was named as one of DOC NYC's "40 Under 40" filmmakers to watch.
After thirteen years as a sole proprietor, in 2020 I formed Right Problems, LLC. As a licensed California business with general liability and worker's compensation insurance as well as a range of camera and lighting equipment, I am ready to collaborate with you.
A Louisiana native now based in Oakland, California, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in American Studies, Plan II, and Radio-TV-Film and earned a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. My thesis film, the short documentary FEAST & SACRIFICE, was a Student Academy Awards national finalist and won First Place Documentary at the 2011 College Television Awards. I served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, and I have walked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Photo credits for images of me: Guisel Contreras, Katie Flint, Peter Mazunda, Greg Miller, Michelle Rose, Ashley Tindall