Samantha Dillard was recently hired by the American Society of Cinematographers in the newly created position of digital content creator. She will serve on the American Cinematographer staff as a member of the editorial team and work to effectively promote and document the ASC and its many educational programs and events via the Society’s website and social media channels. Specifically, she will work to spotlight the role and importance of the cinematographer to a large-scale audience.
Throughout her career, Dillard has written about education, arts and culture. She previously served in an editorial role for a number of institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University and the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University’s esteemed Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.
At the Society, Dillard writes about ASC membership news (“ASC Welcomes Neville Kidd as New Member”) and Clubhouse events (“ASC Continues Student Outreach Program”) as well as online exclusive features (“DP Larkin Seiple on ‘This Is America’”).
“It’s of the utmost importance that we bring greater exposure to public ASC events and programs,” says AC associate publisher and web manager David E. Williams. “By properly telling the story of the Society’s different initiatives — including the ASC Master Class, student group tours and conversations programmed by the Education and Outreach committee, events organized by the Vision committee that aid underrepresented groups and encourage diversity and the ASC Awards — Samantha’s efforts will be key to helping all of these activities continue to grow.
“The more people know about the numerous activities happening at the Clubhouse, the more they will want to be a part of the ASC community. This is where honest discussion happens and where decisions are made that can make a tangible difference to those pursuing a dream of becoming a cinematographer.”
Dillard will also be working to help tell the story of the ASC’s first 100 years, as the Society celebrates its centennial in 2019.
She can be reached directly at [email protected].