A Conversation with Bart Cortright, Cinematographer for The Cathedral, directed by Ricky D'Ambrose

In my latest interview, I speak with cinematographer Bart Cortright, who worked with director Ricky D'Ambrose on The Cathedral, an unusual coming of age story that played at Sundance 2022. This interview covers Bart's background, partnership with Ricky D'Ambrose, and the essential lighting choices Bart made in creating a dark overcast color palette that matched the photos that inspired Ricky's story.

About The Cathedral: As Jesse grows up and comes of age in suburban Long Island, he tries to make sense of the interactions of his dysfunctional family through two decades. Inspired by photographs and director Ricky D'Ambrose's own memories of growing up in the 1980s, The Cathedral evokes the pain and confusion of childhood through one character's eyes.


About Bart Cortright: Bart Cortright is a Brooklyn based cinematographer with a hearty list of credits on IMDB. He previously worked with D'Ambrose on the 2018 film, Notes on an Appearance. Bart also teaches workshops at Columbia University, The New School, New York Film Academy, and Millennium. You can find more about Bart at his website or follow him on Instagram.

About Lindsey Dunn: Lindsey is a librarian and film critic known by the moniker 1ofMyStories. She thinks stories have the power to change lives and minds in a way that works better than arguing. You can find her on Letterboxd or Twitter @1ofmystories. Or check the website: 1ofmystories.com.